America's Other Army: The US Foreign Service

Nicholas Kralev, Author and Former Correspondent, Financial Times and Washington Times

American diplomats risk their lives just by showing up for work every day, according to Nicholas Kralev. While they still spend time in the company of kings and queens, they also contend with security threats, the stresses of constant relocation, and the challenges of being a jack-of-all-trades in a foreign land. Given America’s expansive global role, its diplomats take on an increasing variety of tasks during their careers. Thus, the US Foreign Service today has a diversity and professional versatility that shatter old perceptions and redefine modern diplomacy. Yet is it fully equipped to address the complex challenges of the 21st century world? Join The Chicago Council and Nicholas Kralev for an insider’s look at the real work of “America’s other army.” 

Nicholas Kralev’s book, America’s Other Army: The U.S. Foreign Service and 21st-Century Diplomacy—which is based on visits to 77 embassies and consulates, and interviews with some 600 American diplomats—will be available for purchase and signing following the program.

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7:30 a.m.            
Registration and continental breakfast

7:45 a.m.            
Presentation and discussion

8:45 a.m.            
Adjournment and book signing