Politics’ role in U.S.-Canada diplomacy

Do politicians make good diplomats? On this week’s episode of “Conversations with Nicholas Kralev,” meet the Canadian ambassador to the United States, Gary Doer, a longtime politician who was most recently premier of the province of Manitoba.

Can diplomacy be taught?

On this week’s episode of “Conversations with Nicholas Kralev,” meet the woman who is trying to change the State Department’s decades-long aversion to formal training: Ambassador Nancy McEldowney, director of the Foreign Service Institute.

Asia still ‘distant third’ in U.S. priorities, ex-Obama official says

On this week’s episode of “Conversations with Nicholas Kralev,” Kurt Campbell, former assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, talks about Asia’s “distant third” place in the U.S. diplomatic priorities, the obstructionism of North Korea’s young leader, and China’s global influence.

The royal family’s role in British diplomacy

On this week’s episode of “Conversations with Nicholas Kralev,” Britain’s ambassador to the United States, Sir Peter Westmacott, talks about the mission of British diplomacy, London’s heavy reliance on career diplomats, rather than political appointees, and the diplomatic role of the royal family.

Behind the scenes of running an embassy

On this week’s episode of “Conversations with Nicholas Kralev,” the State Department’s innovation catalyst, Kerry O’Connor, talks about the challenges of running an embassy, improving deeply rooted but inefficient policies, and changing a culture resistant to change.

Do U.S. sanctions help or hurt diplomacy?

On this week’s episode of “Conversations with Nicholas Kralev,” Ambassador Daniel Fried, the U.S. global sanctions coordinator, talks about sanctions as a tool of American diplomacy, where they have been effective, and what it takes to impose them and lift them.

Indian envoy: Ties with Pakistan ‘filled with promise’

On this week’s episode of “Conversations with Nicholas Kralev,” the Indian ambassador to Washington, Nirupama Rao, talks about her country’s diplomatic power, its multifaceted relationship with the United States, and how their cooperation benefits the people in both countries.

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.

Top U.S. public diplomacy official seeks to explain ‘return on investment’

Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy Tara Sonenshine talks about the challenges Washington has faced in public diplomacy at home and abroad, and if it’s finally getting it right.