Judy Heimann

Judy  HeimannForeign Service Officer, Writer

Judith M. Heimann is a retired Senior Foreign Service Officer and a non-fiction writer. One of the first Foreign Service spouses to become a diplomat in her own right, Judy spent most of her adult life abroad chiefly in Western Europe but also in Southeast Asia (the location of most of her books) and Central Africa. She has had a long and varied career. Judy followed closely and reported on the development of the political aspects of the European Union, starting in the early 1980s until 2011, her last assignment to an EU presidency country. In the course of assignments to cover the internal politics in, respectively, Belgium, France and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, she helped promote efforts to eliminate the trafficking of conflict diamonds, helped find and document the reasons for the rapid growth of the Airbus Industry and kept Washington informed of the (failed) efforts of the Mobutu regime's peaceful dissidents to obtain the democratic structures they sought. Her 2016 book, Paying Calls in Shangri-La: Scenes from A Woman's Life in American Diplomacy (Ohio University Press), was nominated for the Academy of Diplomacy's Douglas Dillon award for the best book of 2016-2017 on the art of diplomacy. She is currently working on a book of her personal memories of working-level American diplomacy abroad, primarily in the pre-internet era. She speaks French, Dutch and Indonesian/Malay.

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