Past Programs

Books and Reports

Career Diplomacy: Career Diplomacy: Life and Work in the U.S. Foreign Service (Harry Kopp and Charles Gillespie, Georgetown University Press, 2011), with a third edition forthcoming in 2017, offers prospective recruits and their families engaging, practical insight into the challenges and rewards of a Foreign Service career, past and present.  


America’s Other Army: The U.S. Foreign Service and 21st Century Diplomacy (Nicholas Kralev, 2012), tells the stories of American diplomats and explains how their work affects millions of people in the United States and around the world.    



Diplomacy in a Time of Scarcity: This report, published in 2012, measures the progress made in responding to State’s and USAID’s personnel crises since 2008. It analyzes personnel and resource requirements in the dramatically changed circumstances the foreign affairs agencies now confront; establishes a staffing baseline for the future; and provides a plan to realize the recommendations made for the 2014-18 budgets in a time of increased budgetary stringency.

A Foreign Affairs Budget for the Future: What must be done to support effective public, foreign assistance and reconstruction/stabilization diplomacy for the future? In-depth answers to this question, and recommendations to build a robust U.S. diplomacy, are in the “Foreign Affairs Budget for the Future” study, developed in 2008 by the American Academy of Diplomacy with the Henry Stimson Center implementation by for a federal executive and legislative leadership.

Advocacy for US Interests Abroad: This program by the Henry L. Stimson Center, the Delavan, Ford and Cox Foundations, addresses the fundamental question of what the aims and goals are for U.S. foreign affairs in the Twenty-first Century. A prestigious Steering Committee chaired by Frank Carlucci and including several former Secretaries of State and future Secretaries Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice produced two reports in 1998: “Shaping U.S. Engagement Overseas: Future Challenges, Future Opportunities for the Twenty-First Century,” and “Managing U.S. Foreign Affairs in the 21st Century.” These seminal reports influenced two follow-on reports, the Department of State’s Overseas Presence Advisory Panel Report and the Council on Foreign Relations/Center for Strategic and International Studies Task Force Report on Department of State Reform,” that together charted the incoming administration’s reforms.

Websites and Multimedia The stimulating web-based course, managed by the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training, educates U.S. government employees, their dependents, students and the public at large about U.S. diplomacy.


Religion and Conflict: This project, in partnership with the International Peace and Security Institute (IPSI), produced teaching tools for the Foreign Service Institute, to help educate FSOs in recognizing and responding to issues related to religion and conflict.

A Day in the Life of Mission Mexico: This project promotes informed U.S./Mexico relations by documenting, through the eyes of some of its almost 2000 locally-engaged and Foreign Service staff, the range of work done to advance relations and ensure America’s security. With the many agencies represented at the Embassy, nine consulates, 13 consular agencies and five independent offices, Mission Mexico is America’s largest diplomatic and consular overseas presence. The project’s compilation of photos of daily life and work of the U.S. Mission in 2008 by American and Mexican employees is a visual core for an on-line presentation with narration used within Mexico (e.g. consular waiting rooms), within and externally by the Department of State and in a book with a more complete anthology of the Mission’s activities. The project also educates the American public and supports Foreign Service recruitment.

Lebanon Evacuation: Based upon oral histories and on-site documentation, “We Touch Lives” is a powerful testament to the commitment and professionalism of the many Department of State consular and other personnel who worked so hard to protect and assist nearly 15,000 fellow Americans depart Lebanon depart safely in July and August 2006 after the hostilities.

Profiles in Diplomacy: “Profiles in Diplomacy: the U.S. Foreign Service,” a documentary made for TV in 1991, showed Americans, for the first time, the enormous value of the Foreign Service to this nation.

Other Programs

US Diplomacy Center: The Cox and Delavan Foundations partnered together for the initial design of a contemporary, interactive U.S. Diplomacy Center. With the support of the Foreign Affairs Museum Council, the museum will be the first of more than 225 U.S. government museums to focus on diplomacy.

AFSA Awards: The Cox Foundation has sponsored two American Foreign Service Association Awards. The Avis Bohlen Award is given to a Foreign Service family member whose relations with the American and foreign communities at a US mission overseas have done the most to advance American interests in the tradition of the late Avis Bohlen. The W. Averell Harriman Award recognizes an entry-level Foreign Service officer who has “exhibited extraordinary accomplishment involving initiative, integrity, intellectual courage and constructive dissent.” 

Supervisor Development: The Una Chapman Cox Foundation and the Foreign Service Institute held two pilot workshop sessions designed to train and support Foreign Service Officers who would serve as first- time supervisors of direct-hire American employees. Attendees were heads of section or a unit, new to the supervision of US direct hire employees, from posts in Europe, Africa and Latin America. They included Foreign Service generalists and specialists. The workshops were extremely well received by the 47 participants.

ISO 9000: Funding workshops for training Foreign Service personnel in ISO-9000 process mapping of its administrative functions served as a catalyst for the Department of State’s ongoing Comprehensive Management Initiatives program of management functions worldwide, thereby boosting employee productivity and the Department of State’s customer service.

Management Immersion: Competitively selected midlevel Foreign Service Management Officers bring back from short-term immersion experiences with outstanding corporate and municipal organizations best practices for the Foreign Service. Click here to download September 2007, State Magazine article, “Management Immersion Program.”