Is diplomacy a real profession?

On this week’s episode of “Conversations with Nicholas Kralev,” American Foreign Service Association President Susan Johnson talks about the varying value the U.S. places on diplomacy, investing in a professional diplomatic service, and the State Department’s “struggle” to explain to Americans what it does.

20,000 want to be U.S. diplomats each year

On this week’s episode of “Conversations with Nicholas Kralev,” the director-general of the U.S. Foreign Service, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, talks about recruiting, selecting and training America’s diplomats, and what it takes to maintain 275 diplomatic posts around the world.

My TV show premieres with Pickering on Benghazi

In the premiere episode of “Conversations with Nicholas Kralev,” Ambassador Thomas Pickering, former undersecretary of state for political affairs and chairman of the Benghazi Accountability Review Board, talks about the Benghazi investigation, the conflict in Syria and Iran’s nuclear program. The full episode is below.