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Breaking Protocol: Forging a Path Beyond Diplomacy

Breaking Protocol: Forging a Path Beyond Diplomacy

by Bob J. Satawake


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In 2013, Bob J. Satawake accompanied his husband, Ambassador James “Wally” Brewster, to the Dominican Republic for a historic and unnecessarily controversial tour of duty representing the United States. As the first gay diplomatic spouse in the Western Hemisphere, Bob received little, if any, guidance from the U.S. State Department on how to navigate his new role—leaving him little choice but to break the rigid protocols of diplomatic life. He experienced discrimination, homophobia, and outright hostility as he attempted to forge a new path in a conservative and religious country.

Bob’s amazing and heartwarming story is about a regular guy who found himself catapulted onto the front lines of diplomacy on the world stage, and how he used kindness, love, humility, and diplomacy to overcome hate and intolerance.

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ISBN-13: 9781733077903
Publisher: Bob J. Satawake
Publication date: 07/04/2019
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

A fighter for gender equality and human rights, Bob J. Satawake champions causes such as LGBT equality, gender-based violence, diversity, inclusion, foreign policy, democracy, and fair elections. Bob is a writer, speaker, lecturer, blogger, and contributor to various news publications regarding humanitarian rights and marginalized people. He lives in Texas with his husband Wally and their two dogs, Clinton and Carter.

Table of Contents


Part I

1: Small Town Oklahoma

2: New Adventures

3: Experiencing a White House State Dinner

4: Navigating the Waters of Diplomatic Appointment

5: A Confirmation Hearing, a Lockdown, and a Wedding

Part II

6: Life in the Chief of Mission Residence

7: Breaking Protocol

8: Cardinal Sins

9: Unearthing Corruption

10: Building Diplomatic Friendships

11: Going Home

12: Conclusion: Working to Improve Democracy



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