"Diplo-Mapping: The Maps Diplomats Draw and Their Consequences"
When lines are drawn on a map --- when the borders of a given state are finally, somehow, agreed upon --- how are the people and culture connected with these lines affected, both immediately and over time? How, and why, are societies or customs changed --- or not changed --- when such lines are established? Our guest on ST is Janet Bogue, who concluded a wide-ranging and award-winning career in the United States Foreign Service in 2005, after 23 years of diplomatic work which included her last appointment as Minister Counselor of the Senior Foreign Service as well as her earlier appointment as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia. (She also served in Nepal, Kazakhstan, and the former Yugoslavia, and was a speechwriter for Secretary of State Warren Christopher.) Bogue is now a Visiting Scholar at the South Asia Institute at UT-Austin, and she recently gave an address to the Tulsa Committee on Foreign Relations entitled "Diplo-Mapping: The Maps Diplomats Draw and Their Consequences." This interesting notion --- "diplo-mapping" --- is likewise the focus of her remarks with us on today's show, and you can learn more about Bogue's recent appearance in Tulsa (and about her extended "bio" as both a diplomat and academic) by visiting this link.