The State Department Wants You! (or does it?)

In October 2007, presidential candidate Barack Obama promised a new approach to American foreign policy.  “It’s time to make diplomacy a top priority,” he announced.  “Instead of shuttering consulates, we need to open them in the tough and hopeless corners of the world. Instead of having more Americans serving in military bands than the diplomatic […]

Welcome Back Foggy Bottom

Foreign policy inspiration often comes from unlikely places. In 1946 George Kennan, the painfully shy, little-known number two at the US Embassy in Moscow, articulated a concept – containment – that guided American policy toward the Soviet Union through the Cold War. During the Bush administration it was Paul Wolfowitz, the number two at the […]