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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 , ambassador , Russia , State Department

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 02:33pm EDT
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CIA clarifies Brennan's Ukraine visit

With all the misinformation flying around about what's happening in Ukraine, the CIA is disconnecting Director John Brennan's weekend visit to Kiev from the crackdown in eastern Ukraine. "The claim that Director Brennan encouraged Ukrainian authorities to conduct tactical operations inside Ukraine is completely false. Like other senior U.S. officials, Director Brennan strongly believes that a diplomatic solution is the only way to resolve the crisis between Russia and Ukraine," said a CIA spokesperson in a statement.

Tags: Ukraine , CIA , John Brennan , Kiev , Russia ,

Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 08:41am EDT

State Department opens doors to historic treasure trove

Every summer, the State Department closes its Diplomatic Reception Rooms to allow conservators to clean and repair the pieces in its extensive collection of historic artifacts. The rooms will reopen to the public on Sept. 9.

Tags: State Department , renovations , Diplomatic Reception Rooms , Marcee Craighill , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 09/05/2013, 03:11pm EDT

State employee devised diplomatic dispatch service during Arab Spring

Shane Morris overcame numerous obstacles during the Arab Spring uprisings to ensure that U.S. diplomats in the Middle East could securely dispatch and receive classified documents and equipment. She is a finalist for a Service to America Medal.

Tags: State , Shane Morris , Service to America Medal , In Depth , management , Arab Spring

Friday - 08/24/2012, 11:27am EDT
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Budget constraints challenge State's continued presence in Middle East

The fiscal 2013 budget leaves uncertainty about U.S. operations in Iraq, as the mission shifts from the Defense Department to the State Department.

Tags: Stephanie Sanok , Center for Strategic and International Studies , DoD , State , Iraq , Afghanistan , budget , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 02/21/2012, 09:52am EST
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21st Century Statecraft add-on to traditional diplomacy

Social media has fundamentally changed the way people communicate and that includes how the State Department communicates with foreign countries. Dubbed 21st Century Statecraft, the use of digital tools is a way for State to engage with other countries' government, listen to foreign citizens and promote national interests abroad.

Tags: Victoria Esser , State , technology , social media , 21st century statecraft , Federal Drive , Jolie Lee

Thursday - 01/12/2012, 11:20am EST
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Foreign Service Association calls for program, not people, cuts

An organization representing Foreign Service members says cuts to the State Department's international affairs should come in programs and not people.

Tags: State , American Foreign Service Association , management , budget , Congress , Your Turn , Mike Causey , susan johnson

Wednesday - 10/05/2011, 04:44pm EDT
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WikiLeaks reveal marketing as part of diplomacy

The New York Times reports on U.S. diplomats' efforts to market U.S. items, such as jets, to foreign countries, revealed by the WikiLeaks cables.

Tags: DoD Report , WikiLeaks , State , marketing , cables , secrecy , transparency , Saudi Arabia , Turkey , NASA , Dorobek Insider

Monday - 01/03/2011, 03:38pm EST

U.S. to swap guns with diplomacy

Fewer than seven months remain before the U.S. military is scheduled to leave Iraq, and the handoff from DoD to diplomats is in full swing. Federal News Radio's Francis Rose spoke with former Ambassador Ronald Neumann about the buildup of American soft power.

Tags: DoD , military , Iraq , In Depth

Monday - 06/20/2011, 05:03pm EDT
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More investment needed in U.S. diplomatic ranks

Under-investment has left the US Foreign Service overstretched and under prepared. Ambassador Robert Beecroft explains some of the challenges that has left behind.

Tags: Federal Drive , State , smart power , management , American Academy of Diplomacy , Robert M. Beecroft , Suzanne Kubota

Monday - 03/14/2011, 10:41am EDT
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