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Nicholas Kralev meets Bilkent IR students

An American author and expert on diplomacy and world affairs Nicholas Kralev gave a talk to senior Bilkent IR students on Monday, October 7 (courtesy of the U.S. Embassy in Turkey). The talk was entitled “Diplomacy in the Age of Globalization” and was held in the context of IR 351 Globalization class taught by Assoc. Prof. Ersel Aydınlı. Mr. Kralev talked about the tasks of modern international diplomacy and explained what transformation the U.S. Foreign Service has undergone in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. Bilkent IR students were curious to learn about the internal mechanisms of U.S. diplomacy and the tasks that in faces in the 21st century.

A former Financial Times and Washington Times correspondent, Nicholas Kralev has traveled around the world with four U.S. secretaries of state — Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright. He has flown over 2 million miles and visited 83 countries. He is the author of America’s Other Army and Decoding Air Travel. Mr. Kralev is an also expert in global travel and communication He is the founder of Kralev International LLC, a consulting and training company in the fields of diplomacy, world affairs and global travel. Mr. Kralev holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and speaks five languages.

Tatiana Zhidkova, IR/PhD