WHO WE ARE
Retired foreign service officers, military and intelligence professionals, nonprofit leaders, and public TV producers have come together to launch a TV series focused on educating and engaging Americans to protect U.S. diplomacy. The goal of this non-partisan effort is to help Americans understand the value of diplomacy and current threats to U.S. diplomacy. This series sounds the alarm, and seeks to inspire a national conversation about the critical importance of adequately funding and staffing U.S. diplomatic efforts.
Senior Executive Producers:
Diana and Stephen Watkins, retired Foreign Service Officer
Janice Bay, retired Foreign Service Officer
Ambassador Edward Marks, retired
Ambassador Deborah McCarthy, retired
James Landberg, retired Foreign Service Officer
Rear Admiral Michael Smith, US Navy, retired
TV Series Editors:
Abdiel Garcia and Benjamin Zuhl
WHAT WE DO
Since its founding, our country has engaged in diplomacy to protect Americans. Now diplomacy's role in developing and executing U.S. foreign policy is undervalued and under attack, and the reputation of the U.S. and its effectiveness in the world is quickly diminishing. The U.S. Department of State is at risk not only of losing a substantial percentage of its budget, but also essential expertise as senior diplomats leave in droves and fewer young people aspire to be diplomats.
Even though it often receives much less attention and funding than defense, intelligence, immigration, or national security efforts, diplomacy saves lives and jobs for Americans every day. Diplomats are the civilian side of national security, but few Americans understand what diplomacy is and why it matters. We focus on:
Highlighting senior diplomats’ personal stories and decades of experience to show how diplomacy is essential in preventing wars, keeping the peace, fostering trade, preventing pandemics and disease, and protecting Americans at home and abroad.
Showing diplomacy's multi-faceted role in protecting national security, jobs and business, global health, human rights, energy and environment, and cyberwarfare.
Demonstrating the key roles that diplomats play in negotiating and resolving our nation's core international challenges and drilling down in-depth to address urgent U.S. economic and national security issues.
The goal is to engage voters to call and email their U.S. Representatives and Senators in support of strengthening U.S. diplomacy worldwide. Voters are encouraged to get engaged to help preserve the State Department’s budget, fill key diplomatic posts with senior foreign service professionals, and recruit young professionals to join the foreign service.