How I Got Here: Lives in Public Service

Foreign policy analyses written by CFR fellows and published by the trade presses, academic presses, or the Council on Foreign Relations Press.

“Dark times,” Hannah Arendt once noted, “are not only not new, they are no rarity in history.” She maintained her conviction, however, “that even in the darkest of times we have the right to expect some illumination, and that such illumination may well come less from theories and concepts than from the uncertain, flickering, and often weak light that some men and women, in their lives and their works, will kindle.” It is in that spirit the present volume is offered.

All of the subjects interviewed here have led outstanding lives of public service, in fields ranging from diplomacy and national security, to law and aid, to journalism and the academy. They have excelled as professionals and people and speak frankly of how their lives and careers unfolded, what they got right and wrong, and what advice they have for those coming after. Glittering with priceless historical nuggets, studded with hard-earned wisdom, the stories are fascinating alone and panoramic in conjunction.

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