David D. Newsom
New Academia Publishing, 2008
388 Pages, 38 Illustrations
ISBN 978-0-9818654-6-1 Paperback
ISBN 978-0-9818654-7-8 Cloth
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About the Author

David Dunlop Newsom (1918–2008) served in Naval Intelligence during World War II and joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1947, serving until 1981. He was Lyndon Johnson’s ambassador to Libya, Richard Nixon’s ambassador to Indonesia, and Jimmy Carter’s ambassador to the Philippines. From 1981, Newsom served at Georgetown University as director of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy and as professor and acting dean of the School of Foreign Service. In 1991 he joined the faculty of government and foreign affairs at the University of Virginia. His books include The Soviet Brigade in CubaDiplomacy and the American Democracy, The Public Dimension of Foreign Policy, and The Imperial Mantle: The United States, Decolonization, and the Third World.

About the book

Witness to a Changing World is the life story of David Dunlop Newsom, a Foreign Service officer who rose through the ranks from third secretary and vice consul in Karachi in 1948 to the top career post of Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs in the Carter administration. Along the way he served as Lyndon Johnson’s ambassador to Libya, Richard Nixon’s Assistant Secretary of State for African affairs and ambassador to Indonesia, and Jimmy Carter’s ambassador to the Philippines.

Throughout his eventful career, Newsom often served in countries such as Iraq and Libya that had just seen or were about to experience cataclysmic ruptures. His years heading the Africa Bureau revealed his sympathetic open-mindedness toward the people and countries of the continent.

“Between 1978, when I returned to Washington, and 1981 when I retired, I was to witness and participate in intense diplomatic activity that accelerated significant changes in the world’s political landscape, stimulated by decolonization and revolutions in Egypt, Iran, and Libya. . . . Politics, diplomacy, protocol, and power come together dramatically on the seventh floor of the State Department, where I held the position of Under Secretary for Political Affairs.

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“At a time when the practice of diplomacy is returning to a more respectable place in the conduct of America’s foreign relations, Newsom’s book–informed by personal records and historical research and enlivened by flashes of humor–contributes to a clearer understanding of a worldwide transition in diplomacy from the rigidities of Cold War relationships to today’s globally rooted, messier issues.”

­­–Brandon Grove, President Emeritus, American Academy of Diplomacy