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Netflix’s “The Diplomat”: American foreign policy as a dysfunctional marriage

The Diplomat,” a highly popular American political thriller on Netflix, was created by Debora Cahn. However, some viewers might perceive the show differently from its intended purpose. Beware of spoilers!

The producers seem to view it as a delightful romantic comedy blended with real-life political drama in the Middle East, and they aren’t entirely mistaken. But looking beyond the surface, one can find deeper themes.

Premiering on Netflix in April and renewed for a second season, the series follows Kate Wyler (Keri Russell) and her husband Hal Wyler (Rufus Sewell), an American diplomatic couple on the brink of divorce. Their relationship remains loving and caring, yet in a diplomatic manner. When an attack on a British warship in the Gulf coincides with a White House scandal, Kate is considered for a vice presidential position, sparking excitement and intrigue throughout the plot.

While the show delivers an exciting storyline, it can’t escape the disturbing aspects of American military adventurism in the region, a subject central to the plot.

For a comprehensive review of the series, Mike Hale’s article in the New York Times covers the political and marital dynamics. However, there are three key subtexts that deserve special attention to fully grasp the series’ essence.

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