Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training

The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST) is a United States non-profit organization established in 1986 which chronicles the history of American foreign policy and practice.

Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training
FounderCharles Stuart (Stu) Kennedy
Coordinates38.867647°N 77.101536°W / 38.867647; -77.101536
ProductsWorld's largest collection of U.S. diplomatic oral history
FieldsInternational Relations (IR), American History, World History, Intelligence Studies, Diplomatic Studies
Susan Rockwell Johnson[1]
Nathan Holt [1]

The ADST's major initiative is the Foreign Affairs Oral History Project. ADST interviews American diplomats as soon as possible after their departure from government service about their professional assessments of American and foreign leaders, successful and unsuccessful policies, and foreign conflicts.[2] The oral history project was begun by U.S. foreign service officer Charles “Stu” Kennedy in the 1980s who, after listening to several eulogies given at an ambassador's funeral, became concerned that the historically valuable, personal recollections of U.S. diplomats might be lost forever if not recorded.[3][4] Originally sponsored by Georgetown University's Lauinger Library, it was subsequently taken over by the ADST.[5] The project's collection is regularly referenced by media, including the Washington Post, The Atlantic, RealClearPolitics, and others.[6][7][8]

In addition to the Foreign Affairs Oral History Project, ADST also "assists in the publication of books pertaining to diplomacy and the foreign service". Its "Series on Diplomats and Diplomacy" has published African Wars: A Defense Intelligence Perspective (William G. Thom), American Ambassadors: The Past, Present, and Future of America’s Diplomats (Dennis Jett), The American Consul (Charles Stuart Kennedy), The Architecture of Diplomacy: Building America’s Embassies (Jane C. Loeffler), and others.[9]

The ADST is a 501(c)3 organization headquartered at the George P. Shultz National Foreign Affairs Training Center in Arlington, Virginia.[10]

See also


  1. "ADST Staff". ADST. Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  2. "Frontline Diplomacy: The Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training". Library of Congress. Retrieved February 21, 2017. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  3. "It happened to me: Diplomats recount stories of crisis and survival". WFED. September 19, 2014. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  4. Aldrich, Richard (July 1993). "The Foreign Affairs Oral History Program". Diplomacy & Statecraft. 4 (2): 210–216. doi:10.1080/09592299308405882.
  5. "History". Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. Georgetown University. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  6. Torry, Jack (August 9, 2015). "Don't Blame Nixon for Scuttled Peace Overture". RealClearPolitics. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  7. Langer, Emily (December 25, 2016). "Christian Chapman, U.S. diplomat who survived assassination attempt, dies at 95". Washington Post. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  8. "The Diplomatic Life: It's Not All Striped Trousers and Sips of Tea". The Atlantic. December 18, 2014. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  9. "Publications". ADST. Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  10. "SCC efile". ASSOCIATION FOR DIPLOMATIC STUDIES AND TRAINING. Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
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