The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST)
is an independent nonprofit organization founded in 1986. Located at the State
Department's George P. Shultz National
Foreign Affairs Training Center (NFATC, shown at left) in Arlington, Virginia,
ADST advances understanding of American diplomacy and supports training
of foreign affairs personnel at the NFATC's Foreign Service Institute (FSI)
through a variety of programs and activities. This close collaboration
results in a special public-private relationship between FSI and ADST.
The Association accomplishes its objectives by:
Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection. Growing by some 80
histories per year, the collection conveys the experiences, analyses,
knowledge, and wisdom of both career and noncareer foreign affairs practitioners.
Users include business, the media, academe, and government. Some 1,500
oral histories are accessible on the website of the
Library of Congress and many
more are in various stages of completion.
book series on diplomats and diplomacy, and providing advice
on publishing to serving and former foreign affairs personnel. Almost 50 books
have been published in the two series, and more are forthcoming.
Supporting Foreign Service
Institute training programs as well as seminars and policy
conferences that bring together academics, the private sector, and senior
government officials in discussions of critical foreign relations issues.