Amb. William Brownfield discusses growing up in West Texas, his first tour in Maracaibo, claims of Venezuelan interference in the U.S. presidential election, and the importance of hiring the right mid-level managers.


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Ambassador William Brownfield discusses his family's history in West Texas, life as a Junior Officer in Maracaibo, and the importance of choosing the right home Bureau.

Ambassador Brownfield also discusses how to engage with the media, his tumultuous years as U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela, accusations of Venezuelan involvement in the U.S. presidential elections, and the importance of hiring the right mid-level managers.

Interview excerpted from the forthcoming book: Modern American Diplomacy: A Field Guide to Success in The Foreign Service.

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Special thanks to the Una Chapman Cox Foundation as well as the American Academy of Diplomacy.

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