This media archive preserves speeches and interviews given by and articles about Douglas Kmiec during his time as the United States Ambassador to Malta. For articles and other publications written by Ambassador Kmiec, please see his law faculty profile.
In October, Ambassador Kmiec delivered an invited lecture on religious liberty as part of a series in honor of St. Mary's College's sesquicentennial. He also discussed his new book, America Undecided: Catholic, Independent, and Social Justice Perspectives on Election 2012. Joining the ambassador on the book are co-authors Edward McGlynn Gaffney Jr., a respected lawyer and theologian; and J. Patrick Whelan, a member of the faculties at Harvard Medical School and USC's Keck School of Medicine.
Ambassador Kmiec's book launch was held in the resplendent 16th century aula magna of the University of Malta in Valletta. The event was hosted by rector Camilleri and keynoted by His Grace Archbishop Paul Cremona and His Excellency George A Abela, the President of the Republic. Dr. Omar Grech of the Mediterranean Diplomatic School; Dr. Father Michael Aguis of the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy, Dr., Father Joseph Borg of Theology and Dr. Clare Vassallo all presented papers on the Theology of Kindness; whether diplomatic work is open to those with advanced academic training; religion and politics; and whether modern civil discourse can in fact ever be. .... Civil?
Two days after his speech, President Abela sent the following e-mail to Ambassador Kmiec:
A great applause was reserved for u when I mentioned your name in my speech at the inauguration of the new embassy. Mingling later with the visitors they kept mentioning your name in high regard even the embassy staff. Well deserved. Margaret and I were touched with your video message. Very pertinent and straight forward. Regards from all at home to u and all. Your friend George
Ambassador Kmiec reflects on the importance of inter-faith understanding at the opening of an exhibition of the Holocaust & "The Diary of Anne Frank"
Tim Rutten, LA Times, A Voice of Faith-Based Diplomacy is Muffled, originally appearing in the LA Times, April 13, 2011
Joseph Feuerherd, National Catholic Reporter, Kmiec Faces Friendly Fire, originally appeared in the National Catholic Reporter, April 8, 2011
Ben Smith, Kmiec Resigns, originally appeared in Politico Blog, April 18, 2011
Karl Stagno-Navarra, LA Times in Strong Defence of US Ambassador Douglas Kmiec, originally appeared in Malta Today, April 16, 2011
Steve Mallia, Updated: US Ambassador Tenders Resignation, originally appeared in the Times of Malta, April 16, 2011
US Ambassador: Nothing to Apologise for, originally appeared in the Times of Malta, April 8, 2011
Ambassador Kmiec highlights the self-evident truth that stands behind the American constitution at the 4th of July Celebration in the Barrakka Gardens in Malta. In addition, the Ambassador extended the personal greetings of President Obama to President Abela and Prime Minister Gonzi, reflecting on how US Embassy in Malta was following the Presidential instruction to celebrate the 4th as a shared recognition of "our common unanimity." Ambassador Kmiec delivered the toast in English and Maltese.
Interview: This Week Online: Doug Kmiec From Malta, originally appeared in America Blog, June 16, 2010
Campus FM Interview with Ambassador Kmiec, March 13, 2010
Radio Malta Interview with Ambassador Kmiec, March 13, 2010
The Curious Ambassador, originally appeared in Malta Today, January 31, 2010
Campus FM Interview with Ambassador Kmiec, December 23, 2009
Interview: Faith as a Necessary Part of International Diplomacy, originally appeared in The Malta Independent, September 28, 2009
Six Questions for Douglas Kmiec, originally appeared in Economist.com, May 9, 2009
Ambassador Kmiec in conversation with the leadership of the American Association of School Administrators during their annual meeting 2009 held in Malta. This presentation concerning President Obama's inter-faith mission was at the residence of the Ambassador.
US Ambassador Reiterates Message on Interfaith Understanding to Maltese and American Educators, originally appeared in The Malta Independent, November 8, 2009
New US Ambassador Keen to Promote Green Technology, originally appeared in the Times of Malta, September 24, 2009
Catholic, Pro-life, Pro-Obama, originally appeared in the Sunday Times of Malta, September 10, 2009
Ambassador's Ceremony Draws an Eclectic Crowd, originally appeared in Catholic News Service Blog, September 10, 2009
Obama's 10 Most Important Faith Leaders, originally appeared in U.S. News & World Report
The President and War Power, August 31, 2002