The US Foreign Service: Representing America Abroad
Get to know America’s first line of defense as you speak with Foreign Service Officers, learning about foreign policy, international intrigue and fascinating stories of life abroad.
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Program No. 8164RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

How is the United States represented abroad by its diplomats? Find out from the diplomats themselves! Accept this rare invitation to go behind doors that are usually closed to the public as you meet retired Foreign Service Officers and discuss the intriguing challenges they faced in pursuing American foreign policy objectives. Learn how our diplomats cooperate with the military in the international arena and communicate with citizens in other countries through “public diplomacy.”
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Easy Going
Minimal walking and standing.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Retired Foreign Service Officers take you inside the daily life they lived during their time in foreign countries.
  • Examine a wide variety of issues involving America’s friends and adversaries around the world, both past and present.
  • Enjoy some fascinating "Tales of the Foreign Service" from a career diplomat with lots to share.
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John Erickson
Born in Des Moines, Iowa, John Erickson owned and operated a Scandinavian retail shop in St. Petersburg, Fla., for more than 30 years. He served as a Naval officer during the Vietnam conflict, and was the operations officer and navigator of the Navy’s second oldest ship at the time. With his wife, Karen, John enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and spending summers in New Sweden, Maine, where they work to keep Swedish traditions alive.
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