A Conversation with Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann whose article “Intervention: Unlearned Lessons or the Gripes of a Professional” (The Foreign Service Journal, September 2021) identifies and suggests how to reform critical, pervasive problems that handicap the Foreign Service. These include: tour lengths, confusing policy with implementation, intellectual arrogance and inability to mobilize appropriate staff quickly.  Ambassador Neumann is President of The American Academy of Diplomacy, an organization of former highly-experienced, senior U.S. diplomats dedicated to improving America’s diplomacy.

Watch the talk here.