The Foreign Service Journal, November 2023

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL | NOVEMBER 2023 29 With a foreword by Cecile Richards, former president of Planned Parenthood, this book is a must-read for anyone looking to make a difference in the lives of women around the world. During a 10-year career with USAID, from 2001 to 2011, Latanya Mapp Frett was posted in Mali, Iraq, Nigeria, and Egypt. She is currently the president and CEO of Global Fund for Women. She also serves on the board of directors at Oxfam America and CHANGE, and is an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Boots and Suits: Historical Cases and Contemporary Lessons in Military Diplomacy Edited by Philip S. Kosnett, Marine Corps University Press, 2023, available (free) online:, 440 pages. Edited by Ambassador (ret.) Philip Kosnett, Boots and Suits is a compilation of essays by nearly two dozen authors, from the U.S. and abroad, with wide-ranging experience in the military, the Foreign Service, academia, and other areas of international development. The authors discuss various aspects of military diplomacy, which they differentiate from both “military confrontation” and “diplomatic overtures.” As retired FSO Robin Holzhauer notes in her FSJ review of Boots and Suits (September 2023), the book “offers valuable insights for military personnel, policymakers, students, and researchers interested in the military’s evolving role in diplomacy.” State Department authors include Eugene Fishel, deputy director in the State Department Bureau of Intelligence and Research; John Hennessey-Niland, former U.S. ambassador to Palau; retired Foreign Service Officer Yaropolk Taras Kulchyckyj; Ronald Neumann, a retired ambassador and Vietnam veteran; and FSOs Heather Steil, Alison Storsve, and Stallion Yang. In part one, the history of military diplomacy is covered, with essays on the Ottoman Empire, the U.S. Confederacy, and the Carter and Reagan eras. Part two features contemporary challenges in Ukraine, Russia, China, and even the Netherlands. The final section offers “lessons from practitioners” about adapting to foreign cultures, bridging the military-civilian divide, and more. Career FSO Philip Kosnett served as U.S. ambassador to Kosovo from 2018 to 2021. He also served as chargé d’affaires in Türkiye and Iceland, and deputy chief of mission in Uzbekistan,