Diplomats are tasked with representing their country abroad -- even when they disagree with policy decisions. The dissent channel allows US diplomats a medium to criticize policy without fear of retribution. However, does speaking truth to power make a difference, and are diplomats who make use of the dissent channel really protected? Reflecting on some of the most consequential diplomatic episodes from recent administrations, former diplomat Elizabeth Shackelford joins the Council for a conversation on the state of dissent in US foreign policy.
Copies of Elizabeth Shackelford’s new book, The Dissent Channel: American Diplomacy in a Dishonest Age, are available to purchase from the Book Cellar.