Earl Anthony Wayne Interview: Conversations with History; Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley

U.S. Economic Policy after 9/11: Conversation with Earl Anthony Wayne, Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State; December 13, 2004, by Harry Kreisler

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One final question, and that is as a graduate of '72, what is your advice to students who will be graduating in 2005 and on as to how they should prepare for the kind of work that you've been describing?

Take advantage of the wide variety of courses that you have here at Berkeley to learn about the history and the culture of these various countries around the world. But, also, take some of these courses that look at human dynamics and how people really interact with each other. And in the words of one of these famous books on negotiation, "how you can get to 'yes'?"

How do you get to ... ?

... to "yes." "How do you get to 'yes'?" That's central to diplomacy, but it's central to so much else that we do along the way. Knowing how you can get there with somebody, the degree you can attain a win-win situation, is going to serve you wonderfully in whatever field you go into. Other than that, taking the opportunity to learn about the rest of the world right now is going to serve you very well, if you're interested in going forward in the international area.

Tony, on that note, I want to thank you very much for taking the time from your busy schedule to be with us today. Thank you very much.

Harry, thank you, it's a great pleasure.

And thank you very muchfor joining us for this Conversation with History.

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