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Cycles in Foreign Service

The Honorable Brian Nichols answers a question about the current trends in the foreign service.

Nichols was the 2018 Anthony J. Drexel Biddle, Jr. Lecturer on International Studies. He gave his lecture, “For Reasons Which Are Not Immediately Clear: Foreign Policy in a Time of Uncertainty” on March 27, 2018.

Ambassador Nichols is former US Ambassador to Peru. In addition, he was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics Law (INL) Enforcement Affairs, directing INL programs in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Europe, and Asia. Other international posts have included US embassies in El Salvador, Mexico, Colombia, and Indonesia, as well as oversight of programs in the Middle East, Asia and Europe.

Drivers of Global Change with Thomas A. Shannon Jr.

 

Thomas A. Shannon Jr., undersecretary of state for political affairs, spoke at Duke University on Thursday, Feb. 1 on the current state of the foreign policy. This video clip outlines the four factors driving global change.

Shannon’s talk, “Buckle Up: Global Foreign Policy Trends and American Diplomacy,” was hosted by the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies, the Duke University Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Duke University Program in American Grand Strategy.