When American diplomats travel abroad and meet with foreign leaders, who works behind the scenes to make sure everything runs smoothly? What negotiations go into preparing for a state dinner with Kim Jong-il, and how is the pageantry of a diplomatic visit used to further U.S. policy objectives? Price Floyd, a veteran State Department public affairs official and former Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, speaks with Ilan Goldenberg about his most remarkable—and bizarre—experiences abroad on diplomatic advance teams.
Listen to Season 2 of Stories from the Backchannel.
More from CNAS
CommentaryThe Myth of Russian Decline: Why Moscow Will Be a Persistent Power
Rather than viewing Russia as a declining power, U.S. leaders should see it as a persistent one—and have a frank conversation about the country’s true capabilities and vulnera...
By Andrea Kendall-Taylor & Michael Kofman
PodcastThe Czech Elections, with Martin Hála and Martina Hrvolova
What do the recent elections in the Czech Republic mean for the future of the country? Martin Hála and Martina Hrvolova join Andrea Kendall-Taylor and Jim Townsend to discuss ...
By Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Jim Townsend, Martin Hála & Martina Hrvolova
PodcastEconomic Crisis in Afghanistan
Alex Zerden, founder and principal of Capitol Peak Strategies discusses the economic crisis in Afghanistan. He spoke with Bloomberg's David Westin. Listen to the full convers...
By Alex Zerden
CommentaryUnpacking Claims of Secret North Korean Intelligence Operations
Cyberspace remains a viable domain for infiltration and information collection for highly trained North Korean agents....
By Jason Bartlett