Harry W. Kopp
Harry W. Kopp is a former foreign service officer and consultant in international trade. He is the author of three books on diplomacy: Career Diplomacy: Life and Work in the U.S. Foreign Service (Georgetown University Press, 2017); Voice of the Foreign Service: A History of the American Foreign Service Association (Foreign Service Books, 2015); and Commercial Diplomacy and the National Interest (American Academy of Diplomacy, 2004).
Kopp joined the foreign service as an entry-level officer in 1967 and rose to the senior foreign service in eleven years. He served as deputy assistant secretary of state for international trade policy in the Carter and Reagan administrations. His overseas posts included Warsaw, where he directed the United States–Poland Trade Development Center, and Brasília, Brazil, where he was deputy chief of mission. He received meritorious and superior honor awards from the Department of State and a presidential award for meritorious public service from President Ronald Reagan. He left the service in 1985.
Kopp is the Washington representative of the Philippine sugar industry and a vice president of the International Sugar Trade Coalition. He serves on the advisory board of the U.S. Diplomacy Center, an interactive museum at the Department of State in Washington.
Kopp lectures on the history of the Department of State at the Foreign Service Institute. His articles and commentary have appeared in the New York Times, the Foreign Service Journal, and other publications. His short story “Trotsky in the Bron,” won the 2012 Goldenberg Fiction Prize from the Bellevue Literary Review.
He is a graduate of Hamilton College and holds a master’s degree in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University. He lives with his wife Jane in Baltimore, Maryland.
John K. Naland
John Naland’s 29-year Foreign Service career included service in Colombia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Iraq, where he led the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Basra. Washington assignments included the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff, the White House Situation Room, and the Bureau of Human Resources.
Naland was president of the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) from 2001 to 2003 and again from 2007 to 2009. He retired from the Foreign Service in 2015. He is currently AFSA vice president for retirees, president of the Foreign Service Youth Foundation, and coordinator of the Foreign Affairs Retirees of Northern Virginia.
A former U.S. Army cavalry officer who served in West Germany during the Cold War, he is a graduate of the Army War College. He was born in Wichita, Kansas, grew up in New Orleans, and graduated from Tulane University. He is married and has two college age daughters.