Career Diplomacy: Life and Work in the US Foreign Service, Kopp & Naland (3rd Ed Excerpt)

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Georgetown University Press has published a third edition of the book Career Diplomacy: Life and Work in the US Foreign Service. It is also available in Kindle Edition (excerpt below). The second edition was published in 2011. This is still the best book to read to get to know the U.S. Foreign Service. 

Former Ambassador John Negroponte calls the book “a masterful summary of the roles and responsibilities of our modern day diplomatic service.” Retired General David Petraeus calls it “the classic work on the diplomatic profession, providing a comprehensive, thoughtful, and frank portrayal of the US Foreign Service, past, present, and future.”  The third edition is authored by Harry W. Kopp (the 2008 edition was co-authored with Charles A. Gillespie, Georgetown University Press,)  and John K. Naland, who was president of the American Foreign Service Association from 2001-2003 and again from 2007-2009.

Career Diplomacy is an insider’s guide to the Foreign Service as an institution, a profession, and a career. In this thoroughly revised third edition, Kopp and Naland provide an up-to-date, authoritative, and candid account of the life and work of professional US diplomats, who advance and protect this country’s national security interests around the globe. The authors explore the five career tracks–consular, political, economic, management, and public diplomacy–through their own experience and through interviews with more than a hundred current and former members of the Foreign Service. They lay out what to expect in a Foreign Service career, from the entrance exam through midcareer and into the senior service–how to get in, get around, and get ahead.

New in the third edition: – A discussion of the relationship of the Foreign Service and the Department of State to other agencies, and to the combatant commands; An expanded analysis of hiring procedures; Commentary on political appointments and running an agency staffed by both Civil Service and Foreign Service personnel; A fresh examination of the changing nature and demographics of the Foreign Service.

Read an excerpt below courtesy of Kindle Preview:


One response

  1. Maybe someone should send copies to Peterlin and Hook so that they understand what the Department’s people do. Nah, they think they already know…..