This title will be released on 12 July and is available now for pre-order.
To the Secretary also reveals the disconnect that diplomats face at home, guided by conflicting approaches from multiple Washington stakeholders intent on their own agenda, often unaware of realities on the ground. In an honest assessment of America’s foreign policy challenges, Thompson-Jones describes the deepening gulf between decision makers in Washington and their diplomats in the field. From misinterpreted analyses of anti-Americanism to Washington’s unwillingness to send resources to support diplomatic activities that could make a difference, To the Secretary shows what policymakers can learn from diplomats abroad―and how this can strengthen America’s place in an unstable world.
Tip of the Hat to Contributing Editor Berto Jongman.
Phi Beta Iota: A superb review is provided by Kenneth Anderson at Lawfare, “An American (Diplomat Not) in Paris.” Both the book and the review overstate the degree to which US diplomats get into rural areas, but both depict an accurate disconnect and a vision of what might be if diplomacy were managed with intelligence and integrity.