Foreign Service & Peace Corps

Are you interested in the Foreign Service? Do you want to read more about international affairs, diplomacy, or the work of Peace Corps Volunteers? These sample links provide a quick glimpse into my two decades of work overseas in Malawi, Paraguay, Saudi Arabia, Nicaragua, Ghana, Mexico, and Washington, DC. The writings look directly at the issues and then dive well beneath the surface. They are fact, fiction, satire, and advocacy. Yes, we need a strong diplomatic corps. And yes, our diplomats have always been patriots first.

Foreign Service

The Foreign Service v Zach Galifianakis
Video conversation about a Foreign Service satire.

This Is How We Tweet
Questionable humor about a clunky bureaucracy adapting to the nimble modern world.

The Departed–Ten Years After
Testimonial to Foreign Service colleagues lost in the December 6, 2004 attack on our diplomatic mission in Saudi Arabia.

Review: Shattered Glass—The Story of a Marine Embassy Guard
The story of a Marine standing post when the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, was attacked by five terrorists on December 6, 2004.

Peter Van Buren–We Meant Well
Non-fiction pointing to waste, fraud, and abuse in the reconstruction of Iraq.

Dan Whitman—Blaming No One
Relatable, humorous, human essays by the best Foreign Service Officer to walk the planet.

Peace Corps

Uncle Sam, Matchmaker

Crossing Paths with Paul Theroux in Malawi

Peace Corps Retrospective

20 Years On: Peace Corps &Writing