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The Secret Openings of US Foreign Policy

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When Donald Trump took the stage at his inauguration in January 2017, he promised to put an end to the multilateral approach that had marked US foreign policy since the end of World War II, pledging to put “America First.” Ambassador William Burns joins our podcast to discuss what that means for the Foreign Service members who work on behalf of US interests abroad.

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    The Meritocracy Muddle

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