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Bob Silverman, President, American Foreign Service Association

One of the toughest jobs in the State Department these days might be ambassador to Russia. That job was conferred just days ago on veteran career diplomat John Tefft. He arrives in Moscow when tensions between Russia and the United States are as high as they've been since the Cold War. Bob Silverman is president of the American Foreign Service Association. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how Tefft will have to go about his job.

Tags: American Foreign Service Association , Bob Silverman , John Tefft , Russia , diplomacy , State Department

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 02:33pm EDT

Paul Bremer, Former Ambassador to Iraq

Maybe the United States was never really finished in Iraq. Regardless, events of the past two weeks have returned that nation to a front and center position for Congress and the administration. Paul Bremer was U.S. Presidential envoy to Iraq in 2003 and 2004. A career diplomat, he was thrust into the spotlight as temporary head of the Iraqi government after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Most of the questions this week have been about military options now that the government is under threat. Bremer joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how this situation affects the State Department both here and in Baghdad.

Tags: Paul Bremer , Iraq , State Department , Congress , Federal Drive

Friday - 06/20/2014, 01:27am EDT

US to block Iran's UN ambassador

President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday to block Iran's chosen ambassador from coming into the country to work at the United Nations because of his ties to the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. But according to the Associate Press, the President says he's only treating the legislation as guidance. It bars anyone from entering the U.S. as a U.N. representative if they've engaged in espionage or terrorist activity and still pose a threat to U.S. security.

Tags: United Nations , United States , Iran , Barack Obama , legislation

Monday - 04/21/2014, 10:30am EDT

Foreign Service rebuilds workforce

Ronald Neumann, the former Ambassador to Algeria, Bahrain and Afghanistan, describes some of the changes over the past couple years.

Tags: Ronald Neumann , Foreign Service

Thursday - 05/05/2011, 05:17pm EDT

A Diplomatic Solution

Tags: mngt , diplomat , Linda Jewell , leadership

Wednesday - 02/18/2009, 07:05pm EST