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

Executive Producers:

Janice Bay, retired Foreign Service Officer

Robert Loftur-Thun

Carol Loftur-Thun

Senior Advisors:

Ambassador Edward Marks, retired

Ambassador Deborah McCarthy, retired

James Landberg, retired Foreign Service Officer

Rear Admiral Michael Smith, US Navy, retired

Technical Director:

Robert Loftur-Thun

TV Series Editors:

Robert Loftur-Thun

Abdiel Garcia and Benjamin Zuhl

 

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WHAT WE DO

Diplomacy works. 

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.

In 2017, a group of retired foreign service officers, military and intelligence professionals, nonprofit leaders, and public TV producers decided to launch a TV series focused on non-partisan education.  The goal is to educate and engage Americans about the value of diplomacy and current threats to effective U.S. diplomatic capacity:  

  • Diplomacy saves lives and jobs every day. 

  • Diplomacy is a critical component of America's national security, health and safety, and economic prosperity.

  • Yet many Americans do not know what diplomacy is or why it is important.

  • U.S. Diplomacy is being seriously diminished.

  • This past year, over 60 percent of senior diplomats left the U.S. State Department, and intake of new Foreign Service Officers is down by 60 percent.

  • 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.

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