About ADST

CLICK HERE for  . . . 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:


  • Creating the 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.

  • Producing two 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.

  • Creating and maintaining an instructional website on U.S. diplomacy.

  • Recognizing excellence in foreign language training through annual awards to Foreign Service Institute instructors.

  • Presenting biennial awards for outstanding leadership in diplomacy, international business, and promotion of the study of diplomacy.

  • Mounting exhibits that illuminate the history and artifacts of American diplomacy.

  • Sponsoring distinguished ADST Senior Fellows to pursue special projects on diplomacy.

  • Maintaining a research center.

ADST is a nonprofit organization eligible to receive contributions deductible for federal income tax purposes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Where is ADST located?
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Location: NFATC / Foreign Service Institute
4000 Arlington Blvd., Arlington, Virginia
Tel: 703-302-6990; Fax: 703-302-6799
Mailing address: ADST c/o Bentley, 2814 N. Underwood St., Arlington, VA 22213

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