John Brady Kiesling

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John Brady Kiesling
Born 1957
Houston, Texas
Nationality United States
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley
Swarthmore College
Occupation Diplomat
Notable work Diplomacy Lessons: Realism for an Unloved Superpower

John Brady Kiesling is a former U.S. diplomat and the author of "Diplomacy Lessons: Realism for an Unloved Superpower" (Potomac Books 2006). He was the first of three U.S. foreign service officers to resign, on February 25, 2003, to protest against the 2003 invasion of Iraq. His letter of resignation to Secretary of State Colin Powell was posted by the New York Times and circulated widely.[2]

An archaeologist/ancient historian by training, Kiesling entered the foreign service in 1983. He served in Israel, Morocco, Greece, Washington, and Armenia, returning to Athens as chief of the political section of the U.S. Embassy in 2000.

After his resignation, Kiesling spent a year as a visiting fellow/lecturer at Princeton University, and then returned to Athens. Until May 2009, he wrote a monthly column called "Diplomat in the Ruins" in the "Athens News" in Greece.[citation needed] Kiesling supported the multilateralist foreign policy of former President George H.W. Bush and the limited purposes of the 1991 Gulf War.[3]


  • Rediscovering Armenia: An Archaeological/Touristic Gazetteer and Map Set for the Historical Monuments of Armenia. Yerevan: Tigran Mets, 2001. ISBN 99930-52-28-0. ("PDF version" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-04-30. Retrieved 2006-04-30. ) 2nd ed. Matit, 2005. ISBN 99941-0-121-8.
  • Diplomacy Lessons: Realism for an Unloved Superpower. Washington, DC: Potomac, 2006. ISBN 1-59797-017-4.
  • Greek Urban Warriors: Resistance and Terrorism 1967-2014. Athens: Lycabettus, 2014. ISBN 9789607269553.


  1. ^ Kiesling, John Brady. "Personal Information". Retrieved 2011-06-04. 
  2. ^ Kiesling, John Brady (2003-02-27). "U.S. Diplomat's Letter of Resignation". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  3. ^ Deep Smarts: How to Cultivate and Transfer Enduring Business Wisdom - Page 137 by Walter C. Swap, Dorothy Leonard-Barton
  4. ^ After Resigning to Protest War, A Diplomat Turns Peace Envoy - The Wall Street Journal, Peter Waldman