Ronan Farrow

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and foreign policy adviser to Hillary Clinton talks to Agnes Frimston about his book on the decline of American diplomacy and how he would deal with Trump

The World Today Updated 10 November 2020 Published 8 June 2018 4 minute READ

Agnes Frimston

Deputy Editor, The World Today

Why do you think we still need diplomats?

It’s very apparent in conflicts around the world, in confrontations that loom from North Korea to Iran, that now more than ever, we need the painstaking research, historical knowledge and context of mistakes that have been made before to guide us through the pitfalls. We need the men and women who screen dangerous individuals from entering the United States for the sake of not only the US, but all its allies. We need the high-level work of brokering political settlements that can keep servicemen and women out of the line of fire. And if we want to maintain any kind of authority and influence, we need to be investing in those men and women who make those deals because China is nipping at our heels and filling that space. I think diplomacy is more indispensable now than ever.

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