What was it like to experience war on the front lines while representing a neutral nation? How did the actions of the U.S. diplomatic community impact foreign public opinion of the United States? What role did African Americans and women play in the United States' neutral response prior to 1917? What were the tensions between diplomacy and neutrality, and how did the 1914-1918 experience change the U.S. diplomatic corps and the conduct of U.S. diplomacy—and how does it inform our actions today?
The centennial of the First World War offers us the opportunity to reexamine events and better understand how the world was irrecoverably altered over the course of four years. Watch the recording of the discussion that took place on Wednesday, April 15 in the video window above to hear the findings of the Office of the Historian's recent "Views From the Embassy" project and contextualize it into the larger picture of the era—and its impacts today. For more information on the World War One project, please visit the project page.