Richard H. Solomon: Negotiating Behavior

Richard H. Solomon

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Richard H. Solomon, President of the United States Institute of Peace. Ambassador Solomon reflects on his career as Sinologist, diplomat, and negotiator. He discusses his involvement in the breakthrough to China in the Nixon Kissinger era of diplomacy and speculates on the trajectory of U.S. China relations. He recalls his involvement in the negotiations that led to the Cambodian settlement and the end of the 100 years of war in Indochina. He describes the work of the United States Institute of Peace and its efforts to promote and sustain...

Princeton Lyman: U.S. Foreign Policy and Globalization

Princeton Lyman

On this episode of Conversations with History, UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler welcomes guest Ambassador Princeton Lyman, former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria and to South Africa, who discusses U.S. foreign policy and state power in an era of globalization.


Key Words: Diplomacy, U.S. Foreign Policy, Globalization, RIP

Princeton Lyman: A Strategic U.S. Approach to Africa

Princeton Lyman

Host Harry Kreisler welcomes Ambassador Princeton N. Lyman, former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa and Nigeria for a discussion of U.S. Africa Relations. He talks about Africa's strategic importance to the United States focusing on issues such as energy, health, terrorism, and human rights. He describes the role of China in African affairs and analyzes the U.S. capacity to engage Africa in the new strategic environment of the post 911 world.


Philip Habib: The Work of Diplomacy

Philip Habib

In this 1982 interview, one the U.S. preeminent diplomats Philip Habib talks about his life and times as a foreign service officer and special envoy of the President of the United States. He reflects on great statesmen he has worked with, the difficulties of crisis management, and his involvement in the resolution of the Lebanon crisis, which won him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


Key Words:...

Peter Tarnoff: Foreign Policy in a Democracy

Peter Tarnoff

U.C. Berkeley's Harry Kreisler welcomes diplomat Peter Tarnoff for discussion of the evolution of U.S. foreign policy from the height of the Cold War through the Clinton Administration.


Key Words: Diplomacy

John Campbell: Nigeria

John Campbell

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes John Campbell, former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, for a discussion of his new book: Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink. Emphasizing the strategic importance of Nigeria, Ambassador Campbell discusses the nature of the political system, the role of oil, the corrupt patronage system that drives politics at all levels of government, the complex dynamics of the Niger Delta region, the failure of economic development, and the divisions (North-South; Muslim-Christian) that hinder stability. He concludes with an analysis of U.S. goals in its relations with...

Jonathan Clarke: The Neo-Conservatives

Jonathan Clarke

Former British diplomat Jonathan Clarke joins host Harry Kreisler for a discussion of the impact of the neo-conservatives on U.S. foreign policy. He traces their emergence, the evolution of their ideas, and weighs the long term implications of their ascendancy in the administration of President George W. Bush

KEYWORDS: Neo-Conservatives.

Jeremy Kinsman: Diplomacy

Jeremy Kinsman

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes former Canadian diplomat Jeremy Kinsman. Drawing on his forty year career in the Canadian Foreign Service, including his service as Ambassador to the European Union, the United Kingdom and Russia, Kinsman traces changes in the diplomat's portfolio. He analyzes the implications of emerging centers of power in the global system and the failure of the West to discern Russia's interests and concerns. Kinsman looks at the relationship of Canada to the United States and the consequences of the last eight years of U.S. foreign policy including the...

James Dobbins: Nation Building

James Dobbins

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Ambassador James Dobbins for a discussion of the problem of failed states. He compares the record of the United States and the United Nations in addressing the problem, analyzes the aftermath of the Iraq War, and suggests policy choices the future.


Key Words: Diplomacy, Nation Building, Afghanistan, Democratization

Jack F. Matlock, Jr : The Collapse of the Soviet Union and the End of the Cold War: A Diplomat Looks Back

Jack F. Matlock, Jr.

In this edition, UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler talks with Ambassador Jack Matlock who served as the last U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union. Ambassador Matlock offers his reflections on the fall of the Soviet Union, the policies of the Reagan administration, and how students should prepare for the future.


Key Words: Diplomacy, Soviet Union, Gorbachev, U.S. Presidents, Cold War, Glasnost,...