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About Harry W. Kopp
Harry W. Kopp, a former Foreign Service officer, is the author of three books on diplomacy: Career Diplomacy (with John K. Naland, Georgetown University Press, 2017); Commercial Diplomacy and the National Interest (American Academy of Diplomacy, 2004); and Voice of the Foreign Service: A History of the American Foreign Service Association (Foreign Service Books, 2015). Former Secretary of State Lawrence S. Eagleburger, a career foreign service officer, called Career Diplomacy "the best description of life in the foreign service -- its challenges, dangers, satisfactions, and fun -- I have ever seen."
Kopp joined the Foreign Service as an entry-level officer in 1967 and rose to the Senior Foreign Service in eleven years. He served as deputy assistant secretary of state for international trade policy in the Carter and Reagan administrations. His overseas assignments included Warsaw, where he directed the United States-Poland Trade Development Center, and Brasilia, Brazil, where he was deputy chief of mission. He received superior and meritorious honor awards from the Department of State and a presidential award for public service from President Ronald Reagan.
Kopp left government to set up the consulting firm of L. A. Motley and Company. His clients included Anheuser-Busch International, the National Cotton Council, the Association of Brazilian Poultry Exporters, and the Sugar Alliance of the Philippines.
Kopp writes often for the Foreign Service Journal (www.afsa.org/publications), where he is also a member of the editorial board. His articles and commentary have appeared in The New York Times and other publications. His short story "Trotsky in the Bronx" won the 2012 Goldenberg Fiction Prize from the Bellevue Literary Review.
Kopp holds degrees from Hamilton College and Yale University. He lives with his wife Jane in Baltimore, Maryland. His websites are harrykopp.com and careerdiplomacy.com.
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Career Diplomacy is an insider's guide to the Foreign Service as an institution, a profession, and a career. In this thoroughly revised third edition, Kopp and Naland provide an up-to-date, authoritative, and candid account of the life and work of professional US diplomats, who advance and protect this country’s national security interests around the globe. The authors explore the five career tracks—consular, political, economic, management, and public diplomacy—through their own experience and through interviews with more than a hundred current and former members of the Foreign Service. They lay out what to expect in a Foreign Service career, from the entrance exam through midcareer and into the senior service—how to get in, get around, and get ahead.
New in the third edition: • A discussion of the relationship of the Foreign Service and the Department of State to other agencies, and to the combatant commands • An expanded analysis of hiring procedures• Commentary on challenging management issues in the Department of State, including the proliferation of political appointments in high-level positions and the difficulties of running an agency with employees in two personnel systems (Civil Service and Foreign Service) • A fresh examination of the changing nature and demographics of the Foreign Service
The U.S. Foreign Service and the American Foreign Service Association were born together in 1924. In this first-ever book about the association's more than 90-year history, author Harry Kopp chronicles the evolution of the Foreign Service and the events and personalities that shaped AFSA into what it is today. Published by Foreign Service Books, The Voice of the Foreign Service combines an institutional history of America's diplomatic service from its earliest days to the present, with the twinned story of the American Foreign Service Association and its transformation from a benevolent society to an independent professional organization and exclusive employee representative of all members of the Foreign Service.
The second edition addresses major changes that have occurred since 2007: the controversial effort to build an expeditionary foreign service to lead the work of stabilization and reconstruction in fragile states; deepening cooperation with the U.S. military and the changing role of the service in Iraq and Afghanistan; the ongoing surge in foreign service recruitment and hiring at the Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development; and the growing integration of USAID’s budget and mission with those of the Department of State.