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Career Foreign Service Officers interview America’s most influential diplomats, capturing the sacrifice, professionalism, humor, heroism, wisdom, and triumph of modern-day American diplomacy. Through personal anecdotes, guests explain what they were trying to achieve with a given foreign policy, how they tried to accomplish those objectives, and where things went right (or wrong). Featuring conversations with America’s greatest foreign policy minds, including Thomas Pickering, John Negropont ...
 
Hear what Israel's top experts in the fields of intelligence, security, international relations and diplomacy have to say about Israel and the complexities of the Middle East in the 21st century.
 
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Read Dave's write-up and see the chart on the BrotherBored blog. Participate in future Masterclass sessions by joining the vWDC Discord server https://discord.gg/jbdZtRFMTA Episode Structure: 00:58 Analysis and Insights from the Data 15:43 Q&A 31:15 Roundtable Discussion Visit the BrotherBored blog Support Your Bored Brother on Patreon If you enjoy…
 
The guys have had a small break and come back re-energised for the game. They discuss an upcoming face to face game, Media Wars 2 and test unbreakable alliances. Intro and Diplomacy news The guys discuss the venue and throwing stones (0 mins 10 secs) They discuss they're out of lockdown and Kaner explains how he'd taken a break from the game for a …
 
King Christian IV of Denmark had more than a lot on his plate by 1625. He was the King of Denmark, and the Duke of Holstein. Yet he was also an important Protestant figure, the leader of a German dynasty, and a father determined to acquire the best inheritance for his sons. As of 1625, King Christian IV was also something else - at war with the Hol…
 
David Maletsky is a top flight face-to-face player who has competed in over 100 tournaments. He has 7 tournament wins, 23 top-3 finishes, and reached the top board at the 2016 World Diplomacy Championship in Chicago, IL. He is a well respected master tactician with a fantastic philosophical mind - and is well known for his generous personality, his…
 
The Hague Alliance of 1625 was only the latest in a long series of things that Frederick couldn't afford to get his hopes up about. It involved England, the Netherlands and Denmark in a mutual defensive alliance, and England even went to war with Spain shortly afterwards. But Frederick had been here before, when his allies appeared to save him, onl…
 
The guys interview Jamal Blakkarly, winner of PoppyCon 2021, the first face to face Diplomacy tournament since Covid (excluding that 7 player European championship.) Plus they chat about Media Wars 2 and much, much more. Lockdown intro and Diplomacy news The guys set the scene about the most recent lockdown in Brisbane and their drinks (0 mins 10 s…
 
We just tackle the one topic in this episode, so start at the beginning and listen until the end! Visit the BrotherBored blog Support Your Bored Brother on Patreon If you enjoy BrotherBored's Diplomacy Dojo, please subscribe and leave a review letting us know! The Diplomacy Dojo is available on most podcatchers, as well as on the BrotherBored YouTu…
 
Have I got a story for you, or rather, a play. With the failure of the Spanish Match, the anti-Spanish sentiments were bound to soar in England, but when a not so subtle play - A Game at Chess - was released to the Globe theatre in August 1624, this was too far for King James and company. The King was embarrassed, but it was to be the final such sc…
 
The guys interview winner of the DBI Invitational, Peter McNamara about his gameplay. Plus Bronze Age Diplomacy, variant ideas from the guys and much more. Intro and Diplomacy news The guys talk about their drinks and venue (0 mins 10 secs) Interview with Peter McNamara Kaner & Amby begin to introduce the interview with Peter McNamara and what's co…
 
Ambassador Beth Jones discusses attending local schools in Moscow and Berlin, her first tour in Afghanistan, and working as a control officer for Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Ambassador Jones also discusses rising to the top of the Foreign Service, lessons learned from Ambassadors Pickering and Platt, managing the European and Eurasian Affai…
 
Topics of Discussion: 4:12 What to do When a Friendly Power Goes Down 12:49 How Germany Can Go On When Austria is Eliminated Fast 21:07 Hostility Between Germany and Austria vs Anschluss Theory Visit the BrotherBored blog Support Your Bored Brother on Patreon If you enjoy BrotherBored's Diplomacy Dojo, please subscribe and leave a review letting us…
 
Stop me if you think you've heard it. Guy travels incognito to a girl in far off land. Confirms girl will marry him. Girl's father agrees to marriage. Girl's father is actually the King of Spain. Incognito guy is actually King Charles I of Britain, before he lost his head. The whole unbelievable scheme was the kind of brainchild of the Prince of Wa…
 
The guys catch up for some drinks and a chat around their current Diplomacy endeavors and games. Intro and Diplomacy news The guys talk about their drinks and venue (0 mins 10 secs) They were hoping to play a face to face game on Sunday but have failed to get the numbers again (3 mins 45 secs) They also provide an update about their now non-attenda…
 
Topics of Discussion: 2:55 Germany's Quest to the Far East 11:24 Should Germany Try to Make Italy and Austria be Friends? 23:21 How to Win as Turkey on Your Own Merits To learn more about assigning value to supply centers beyond "one point per center," read "Solo Win Tip #3: How to Get Strong Without Getting Scary" on the BrotherBored blog. Visit t…
 
The early 1620's were a period of strange diplomatic behaviour for Britain, trapped as it was between the visions of a perpetual peace forged by marriage, and the realities of European political interest. Here we learn of an individual who went through this experience personally, a gentleman and diplomat, Sir Robert Phelips. Phelips began as a keen…
 
The guys interview Australian Defense Force chaplain John Dansie on using Diplomacy in professional military education of officers. Plus they talk about upcoming face to face games, their online games and Kaner makes a helluva mess. Intro The guys restart talking about other podcasts and Amby gives a big thumbs up to Brother Bored's Diplomacy Dojo …
 
Topics of Discussion: 2:13 Recognizing Patterns in the Mid- and End-Game 16:27 Types of Diplomacy Players and How to Recognize Them 29:07 Games as Pedagogy Visit the BrotherBored blog Support Your Bored Brother on Patreon If you enjoy BrotherBored's Diplomacy Dojo, please subscribe and leave a review letting us know! The Diplomacy Dojo is available…
 
King James of Britain was a complex fellow, and while his son is arguably more infamous, the father had some issues of his own to get through too. Most particularly, in the Spanish Match, the king's quest to balance Europe with a Palatine Protestant marital alliance on one hand and a Spanish Catholic on the other. Had it worked, Europe may have bee…
 
Ambassador Nancy Jo Powell discusses her childhood in small town Iowa, gender discrimination at the State Department in the 1970's, first tours in Ottawa and Kathmandu, and her first big break as Acting Consul General in Lahore, Pakistan in 1988. Ambassador Powell also discusses cultivating high morale in difficult posts, serving as the U.S. Ambass…
 
1:41 Signaling in Gunboat 18:27 Mindful spectating Learn about the "Media Wars" game here, where you can find my video journal as well as links to the other participants' journals. Visit the BrotherBored blog Support Your Bored Brother on Patreon Please subscribe and review on iTunes or your podcatcher of choice! For a new podcast like this, even o…
 
The guys record a back-to-back rather drunk episode. They talk about their (at the time) current games and prove the slow but effective Juggernaut alliance, before starting on an Anschluss alliance game. Intro & Diplomacy chat The guys restart on their 3rd drink at Brisbane Brewing Co and talk about their planned Diplomacy Wives Club interview they…
 
What happened when the most intensive, bitter conflict Europe had to offer spilled over into the other conflict between the Holy Roman Emperor and the Elector Palatine? The Spanish and Dutch had fought for many decades, but the latest chapter in their war looked set to change everything, as the two branches of the Habsburg family merged their wars …
 
00:50 How to break up an alliance going against you: -Make one power stronger than the other, being judicious about the centers you give up 00:50 -Just outplay them 6:01 -Look for a diplomatic weak point 7:25 -Treat them very differently 9:27 -Ask outright, but you probably have to make a good offer 11:03 -"Use far barbarians to fight near barbaria…
 
We catchup with legend of the game, Edi Birsan, around so, so much about Diplomacy. Your head will spin! Plus the guys discuss their virtual WDC experience and webDip 2020 World Cup. Intro The guys introduce today's venue and location before discussing their drinks (0 mins 10 secs) Interview with Edi Birsan They start introducing the interview with…
 
In today's episode we look at the story of the Dutch in a time of peace and tranquility - or at least, peace - and ask what went wrong. The problem was that the United Provinces were not so united after all, and were in fact beset by divisions on numerous levels. A state which had been forged in war, and which found its identity in war, suddenly ha…
 
Read the article I mentioned, Solo Win Tip #3: Get Strong Without Getting Scary on the BrotherBored blog: https://brotherbored.com/solo-win-tip-3-get-strong-without-getting-scary/ NOTE: Unfortunately, in this and a couple other episodes, only BrotherBored's audio made it into the recording. That's a shame, because these were discussions with good i…
 
Ambassador William Brownfield discusses his family's history in West Texas, life as a Junior Officer in Maracaibo, and the importance of choosing the right home Bureau. Ambassador Brownfield also discusses how to engage with the media, his tumultuous years as U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela, accusations of Venezuelan involvement in the U.S. presidenti…
 
What makes a good Diplomacy lie and can you pick one when you hear it? The guys catchup with academics Jordan Boyd-Graber and Denis Peskov about their paper on lying and Diplomacy. Plus Sloth, a player in the study, also joins us. And don't forget Christmas 2020 and much more. Intro The guys have got the recorder working again, although they're try…
 
Make sure you check out Pontifacts, Agora's pod of the month! After many episodes examining Frederick's woes, here we change our focus and look at that conflict long in the background - the Spanish Dutch War, which was resuming after twelve years of truce, in 1621. What had the truce done for both parties, and why did the Spanish feel particularly …
 
00:50 How and When to Stab Germany as England (and vice-versa) 24:20 Is Italy Doomed if a France-England Alliance Forms? Read "Solo Win Tip # 1: Forget the Numbers Game" on the BrotherBored blog: https://brotherbored.com/solo-win-tip-1-forget-the-numbers-game/ NOTE: Unfortunately, in this and a couple other episodes, mostly just BrotherBored's audi…
 
The guys discuss their current and upcoming games, try finishing off their unbreakable Juggernaut alliance before the recorder packs it in. Intro The guys discuss their drinks, venue and proximity to the train line (0 mins 10 secs) They flag there's no interview this episode. They talk about producing the show (4 mins 45 secs) Kaner starts a discus…
 
Welcome to our coverage of the 30 Years War, where we cover the period 1622-23. It was a time of significant defeats and changes, but also of moments of great triumph and success for the Holy Roman Emperor. In the aftermath of his enemy's disaster, Ferdinand was now free to shape Bohemia in his own image, in the process undoing centuries of history…
 
NOTE: Unfortunately, in this and a couple other episodes, only BrotherBored's audio made it into the recording. That's a shame, because these were discussions with good input by participants other than Your Bored Brother. I've started using a new recording method since then. Thanks to the players who contributed to these Dojos. Visit the BrotherBor…
 
The guys catchup with David Hood and talk about his role in DBN's Deadline News and much more. Plus a bumper amount of Diplomacy news and an Around the grounds. Enjoy! Intro The guys discuss their drinks and venue... which apparently they've drunk at before. They discuss their rule on not recording in the same venue twice and whether it counts if t…
 
In this episode, we examine the years between roughly 1620-22, as Frederick moved into his new home in The Hague, just as the war between Spain and the Dutch was about to resume. Like many others at the time, Frederick believed that the Eighty Years War had the potential to erupt into something more, and he banked that before long, all the wars in …
 
How much difference can tournament rules make to the way Diplomacy is played? Well, a lot! NOTE: Unfortunately, in this and a couple other episodes, only BrotherBored's audio made it into the recording. That's a shame, because these were discussions with good input by participants other than Your Bored Brother. I've started using a new recording me…
 
The guys interview Legendary Tactics, receive a variant question from Brother Bored and continue their Juggernaut game. Intro The guys discuss their drinks, the big draw card for recording the show and venue. (0 mins 10 secs) They discuss the upcoming interview with Legendary Tactics and question from Brother Bored (3 mins 15 secs) Interview with L…
 
In this episode, the Battle of White Mountain shatters Frederick's regime, but how did we get here? Let's roll back the clock a bit.... Frederick’s prospects were fair so long as his allies came to aid him against the Emperor. Yet, once these allies refused to pick up the phones, once his new subjects refused to pony up what was needed for defence,…
 
10,000 young Israelis stranded abroad, dozens of countries and airports locked down, hundreds of embassies shuttered, 90 repatriation flights and one major epidemic. On this episode of Persona Grata we get an inside look at how our Israeli diplomats in Israel and around the world worked around the clock to bring Israelis home and keep diplomacy ali…
 
We go deep into Gunboat endgame where Russia is ascendant! Around 18:15, we also discuss a solo strategy for Austria. (Note: This episode was recorded during the same dojo session as episode 2) Visit the BrotherBored blog Support Your Bored Brother on Patreon Please subscribe and review on iTunes or your podcatcher of choice! For a new podcast like…
 
The guys wrap-up the Media Wars game in an interview with Brother Bored, Legendary Tactics & CaptainMeme. They go onto talk about gender bias in the online game, broken websites and Kaner's final pitch to be elected President of the United States. Intro The guys discuss their drinks and venue. They talk about the amount of content being put out by …
 
The Winter King had to carry on, and over November 1619- April 1620, he did just that. Frederick embarked on his royal progress, doing his best to persuade those he met that he was legit, and that his regime was here to stay. He had no other choice - Emperor Ferdinand was gathering his allies, and on the Habsburg side of the ledger, the omens were …
 
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Ambassador Marc Grossman discusses his early years as a door-to-door salesman in Southern California, life as a Junior Officer in Islamabad, and his tumultuous year as an NEA staffer, during which the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan burned down, the U.S. Embassy in Libya was overrun, the Soviets invaded Afghanistan, and the Iran hostage crisis began. Amba…
 
00:46 Tips for the Toby Harris England-Russia opening 12:40 Alternative openings for an England-Russia alliance 23:40 Should Turkey help Russia make progress toward a solo win? Visit the BrotherBored blog Support Your Bored Brother on Patreon Please subscribe and review on iTunes or your podcatcher of choice! For a new podcast like this, even one p…
 
The guys catch up with Dave Maletsky about eCarnage and what's happening with the World Diplomacy Championship. Plus talk about Diplomacy news and discuss variant development. Intro The guys discuss their drinks and venue. Amby mentions how he met well known Diplomacy player, Peter McNamara at the Fox very early on in the podcast (0 mins 10 secs) A…
 
Have some spare time on YouTube? Why not check out friends of the show Kings & Generals? They're even bigger history nerds than me! (well...) Last time in our 30 Years War story, Frederick V, a big time German ruler with small time power, accepted the Crown of Bohemia, and Europe seemed to breathe a sigh of shock. Some were shocked of course, but o…
 
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