Saved for a Purpose: A Journey from Private Virtues to Public Values
James A. Joseph is Professor Emeritus of the Practice of Public Policy at Duke University. Joseph served as the United States Ambassador to South Africa from 1996 to 2000, and as the Under Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior from 1977 to 1981. He was the President and CEO of the Council on Foundations, Vice President of the Cummins Engine Company, and served as Chaplain of the Claremont Colleges. He is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards, including the Order of Good Hope, South Africa’s highest award to a citizen of a foreign country. Joseph is also the author of
Presidential Diplomacy: The Clinton Visit to South Africa
Like Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton was a master at presidential diplomacy. This chapter is a chronicle of his March 1998 visit to South Africa and the many ways in which he charmed critics and made new friends for the United States, opening doors for U.S. business and developing allies for the pursuit of peace on the continent and in the larger world. Fulfilling a promise he had made at the White House when he first chose Joseph to be his ambassador, the president was received with great enthusiasm wherever he went in South Africa, in Parliament with elected representatives as well as in the streets of Soweto and elsewhere. The highlights of his visit and the accomplishment that followed are vividly described.
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