A life in foreign service

U.S. special envoy James Dobbins (R) addresses reporters during a flag raising ceremnoy in U.S. embassy in Kabul December 17, 2001. The United States re-established a diplomatic presence in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Monday for the first time since its diplomats fled the city shortly before the end of the Soviet occupation in 1989.

Ambassador James Dobbins discusses his new book Foreign Service: Five decades on the front lines of American diplomacy and his experiences working to advance U.S. national interests in some of the country’s most difficult situations.

Also in this episode: William Gale, the Arjay and and Frances Fearing Miller Chair in Federal Economic Policy and a senior fellow in Economic Studies, recounts the Kansas tax cut experiment and outlines its implications for future tax reform efforts.

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Show notes:

Foreign Service: Five decades on the front lines of American diplomacy

Foreign Service: Five decades on the frontlines of American diplomacy (Interview with Peter Baker)

Why taxes in Kansas matter

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