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Paul Richter: America's Diplomats on the Front Lines



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Guest Paul Richter joins American Ambassadors Live! Podcast host Ambassador Jim Rosapepe to discuss his new book, The Ambassadors: America's Diplomat on the Front Lines in which Mr. Richter writes about the distinctive careers of four U.S. Ambassadors who were chosen again and again to go to the toughest places in the Middle East throughout the first decade and a half after the 9/11 attacks. They discuss Ryan Crocker, a six-time ambassador who served twice in Afghanistan; Robert Ford who served five tours in Iraq and was later Ambassador to Syria; Anne Patterson who served as Ambassador to Pakistan and Egypt and later as a top State Department official for the Middle East; and Chris Stevens who was first sent to Libya as Envoy and later appointed as Ambassador to Libya.

Paul Richter has written about foreign policy and national security for three decades. He covered the State Department for the Los Angeles Times from 2001 to 2015, and before that he covered the Pentagon and the White House.


Ambassador Jim Rosapepe served as the U.S. Ambassador to Romania from 1998 to 2001 and is a member of the CAA Board of Directors. He currently is Chairman and CEO of Patuxent Capital Group LLC and serves in the Maryland State Senate.