12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Ambassador Barder, a veteran British diplomat, has written an imaginative, engaging, and highly instructive account of the life and work of diplomats. It proceeds from entry into the service, through various stages of a career with postings abroad and work within the ministry, and in multilateral as well as bilateral settings - all from the point of view of a young diplomatic couple, “Adam” and “Eve.” It is interspersed with pertinent recollections from his own years of service around the world. What Diplomats Do: The Life and Work of Diplomats (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014) is unique. Neither memoir nor manual, there is nothing like it in the diplomatic literature.