Craig Cloud, U.S. Ambassador to Botswana   

I was first introduced to Botswana through the eyes of Mma Precious Ramotswe, protagonist and chief investigator in the delightful “No 1 Ladies Detective Agency” novels by Andrew McCall Smith. She embodied a charm, wisdom, and love of Africa and her culture that I have carried with me. When I learned that U.S. Ambassador to Read more about Craig Cloud, U.S. Ambassador to Botswana   […]

U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Lee Litzenberger

Ambassador Lee Litzenberger began his talk with an overview of Azerbaijan’s geographic location. Azerbaijan is situated between Russia and Iran, and has at times been part of the Persian, Ottoman, and earlier empires, and more recently, the former Soviet Union. From 1918 Azerbaijan was an independent nation but incorporated into USSR in 1920. It declared Read more about U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Lee Litzenberger[…]

Ambassador Kate Marie Byrnes, US Ambassador to North Macedonia

Ambassador Kate Marie Byrnes, US Ambassador to North Macedonia

Ambassador Kate Marie Byrnes, US Ambassador to North Macedonia, started off her lively and informative World Watch ZOOM discussion by touting her host country as a success story. She mentioned Macedonia’s peaceful separation from Yugoslavia and the country’s entry into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in 2020 as NATO’s thirtieth member.  Known as the Former Read more about Ambassador Kate Marie Byrnes, US Ambassador to North Macedonia[…]

Chargé d’Affaires Michael Goldman – Australia

Chargé d’Affaires Michael Goldman – Australia

Each of the Ambassadors and Embassy officials who have shared their time, their information, and their insights with us have given us a far greater understanding of U.S. relations with other countries than we might be able to get from general news sources. Sometimes the relationships are strong, and sometimes, as in the case of Read more about Chargé d’Affaires Michael Goldman – Australia[…]

Ambassador Chapman – Brazil

Ambassador Chapman – Brazil

World Watch Brazil June 8, 2021 In a relaxed and very personable manner, Ambassador Chapman began by referencing his close personal ties with Arizona and acknowledging our Pat Watson for her persistence in putting him on our Ambassador World Watch schedule. He also praised her work with Citizen Diplomacy Alliance with the statement: “Citizen Diplomacy Read more about Ambassador Chapman – Brazil[…]

Mexico’s Consul in Tucson, Rafael Barceló Durazo

Mexico’s Consul in Tucson, Rafael Barceló Durazo

Mexico’s Consul in Tucson, Rafael Barceló Durazo  In November we heard from the current U.S. Consul General to Nogales, Sonora, Laura Biedenbach, whose chat was moderated by our former Consul General to Nogales, Sonora, Virginia Staab. In the recap of that meeting, I mentioned that it was such a pleasure and privilege to have a Read more about Mexico’s Consul in Tucson, Rafael Barceló Durazo[…]

A Portuguese colony until 1975

A Portuguese colony until 1975

A Portuguese colony until 1975, Angola’s path since independence has been marked by on-going civil war, government corruption, a countryside full of hidden land mines, disease, and huge debt to China and other power countries until 2017, when President João Lorenzo was elected. According to U.S. Ambassador Nina Maria Fite, the new President has begun Read more about A Portuguese colony until 1975[…]

Consul General Nogales, Mexico

Consul General Nogales, Mexico

Consul General Laura Biedenbach, U.S. Consulate Nogales, Sonora One of my favorite projects at Citizen Diplomacy Alliance is our Meet the Ambassadors program. How many people have the chance to see our world through the eyes of our amazing Foreign Service diplomats directly from our embassies abroad? In the past year, we have visited with Read more about Consul General Nogales, Mexico[…]