“Conversations with Nicholas Kralev” is a weekly program on diplomacy and global affairs. It looks behind the scenes at the people and institutions that practice diplomacy and examines how effective they are — and how their work affects ordinary people’s lives. Guests include senior U.S. and foreign government officials, diplomats, foreign policy experts, journalists, business leaders and artists.
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Harvard professor Joseph Nye, who coined the term “soft power,” talks about presidential leadership in the conduct of diplomacy and how the United States can maintain its primacy in world affairs (December 3, 2013).
Jan Krc, public affairs counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Vienna, talks about his one-time expulsion from the Foreign Service for being gay, the advances for LGBT officers in recent years, and being a foreign-born U.S. diplomat (November 26, 2013).
Thomas Countryman, assistant secretary of state for international security and nonproliferation, offers insights into the recent U.S.-Russian negotiations aimed at destroying Syria’s chemical weapons (November 19, 2013).
The Canadian ambassador to the United States, Gary Doer, talks about Ottawa’s diplomatic priorities, the role of politics in diplomacy, and the impact of the recent government shutdown in Washington on the U.S. image abroad (November 12, 2013).
Jimmy Mauldin, a Foreign Service officer currently serving in India, talks about his unlikely path from the peanut fields of Alabama to American diplomacy, and about raising a family in the Foreign Service (November 5, 2013).
The director of the Foreign Service Institute, Nancy McEldowney, talks about the challenges of teaching diplomacy, recent changes to her institute’s curriculum, and innovation in diplomatic training (October 29, 2013).
Ep18: Asian-Pacific Diplomacy with Kurt Campbell
Ep17: Chief U.S. Aviation Negotiator Krishna Urs
Ep16: British Ambassador to U.S. Peter Westmacott
Ep15: Innovation in Managing Diplomatic Missions
Ep14: West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen
Ep13: Voice of America Director David Ensor
Ep12: U.S. Global Sanctions Coordinator Daniel Fried
Ep11: Sports Diplomacy with Michelle Kwan
Ep10: Spying and Diplomacy with John Negroponte
Ep9: Media and Diplomacy with P.J. Crowley
Ep8: Indian Ambassador to U.S. Nirupama Rao
Ep7: Professionalizing Diplomacy with Susan Johnson
Ep6: Foreign Service Director-General
Ep5: U.S. Public Diplomacy with Tara Sonenshine
Ep4: Deputy Secretary of State William Burns
Ep3: U.S. Visa Policies with Janice Jacobs
Ep2: Ambassador Thomas Pickering, Part 2
Ep1: Ambassador Thomas Pickering, Part 1
- Nicholas Kralev is an author and expert on diplomacy, world affairs and global travel. He hosts the weekly program "Conversations with Nicholas Kralev." A former Financial Times and Washington Times correspondent, he has traveled around the world with four U.S. secretaries of state — Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright. He has flown over 2 million miles and visited 84 countries.
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