On 23 July 2020, WIIS-DC hosted a virtual lunchtime conversation with author Elizabeth Shackelford and her editor Colleen Lawrie on how Elizabeth took her book idea and made it a reality, "The Dissent Channel: American Diplomacy in a Dishonest Age."

Check out the event recording below.

You can buy the book here (or order from your local bookshop!).


Colleen Lawrie is an Executive Editor who joined PublicAffairs in 2015. Her list includes narrative nonfiction -- business, politics, social justice, and history. She published the New York Times bestselling book, The Storm Before The Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic by Mike Duncan, as well as the Washington Post and USA Today bestseller Disrupt Aging by AARP CEO JoAnn Jenkins, Crash Override by Zoe Quinn, and Radley Balko & Tucker Carrington’s The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South, among others. A resident of Harlem, she is a marathoner and obsessive podcast consumer—often at the same time.

Elizabeth Shackelford was a career diplomat in the U.S. State Department until December 2017, when she resigned in protest of the Trump administration. During her tenure with the Foreign Service, Shackelford served in the U.S. embassies in Warsaw, Poland, South Sudan, Somalia, and Washington, D.C. For her work in South Sudan during the outbreak of civil war, Shackelford received the Barbara Watson Award for Consular Excellence, the State Department's highest honor for consular work. Her resignation letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, first shared by Foreign Policy, went viral. Since her departure, Shackelford has continued to raise awareness about the consequences of our troubled diplomacy in the press, in academic and community groups, and through other public commentary. As an independent consultant, Shackelford focuses on human rights advocacy, conflict mitigation, political affairs, and democratic processes. Born and raised in Mississippi, she now lives in Rochester, VT.


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