I am an author and blogger who served as a U.S. Foreign Service officer for nearly 35 years, first for the U.S. Information Agency and then for the Department of State. I originally began this blog while on detail to George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs from 2008-2010. The blog supported my academic and research activity as a "public diplomacy fellow," including an undergraduate course on public diplomacy and events sponsored by GWU's Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication. After a four year hiatus, I have returned from France -- where I served as Deputy Chief of Mission, then Charge d'Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Paris. Now I am relaunching Global Publicks, this time as a private citizen.