Former U.S. Ambassador Christopher R. Hill’s recent book, Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy, is a memoir that provides much insight into his day-to-day life as an American diplomat in the Balkans, Poland, South Korea, Iraq, and his role in various multilateral negotiations such as Dayton and Six Party Talks on North Korea. Hill, who has worked with six different U.S.

Ottawa is putting more money into a project aimed at communicating directly with Iranian citizens as it looks to apply a similar strategy in other countries including Russia and parts of Iraq and Syria.

Video still from an Islamic State training video

Philip Seib on encouraging developments in the diplomatic response to terrorism.

Now a collection of unlikely diplomatic tools – more than 200 of Albright’s pins and brooches – is on display at the Truman Library in Independence. “Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection” is on display through Feb. 22.

John Kerry conducts some diplomacy with Yao Ming

U.S. public diplomacy tends to react to situations, rather than taking initiative, says Philip Seib.

Dropping bombs isn't the only way to advance American interests abroad. (...) Certainly, the Islamic State poses an enormous threat to regional stability. But is the focus on military efforts the right one?

The United States and its partners are focusing their military might on stopping the spread of the group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and on disrupting IS operations in Syria. Behind the scenes, however, efforts also are underway to prevent the violence from spreading back to Europe and the United States.  

It's a shift in the administration’s approach to an offensive already under way in Iraq and Syria.