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Ambassador

Review: American Ambassadors, The Past, Present, and Future of America's Diplomats

Peter Van Buren | Posted 02.18.2015 | Books
Peter Van Buren

If you can't do away with the spoils system, the only alternative left is to better prepare the political appointees. Making Dennis Jett's American Ambassadors required reading for every person up for consideration would be a hell of a start.

A Rendezvous With History

Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff | Posted 02.04.2015 | World
Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff

Despite drastically different duties and daily lives following the war's outbreak, American diplomats, reporters, and civilians in France recorded their rendez-vous with history and their reactions.

Human Rights First: The Great Robert White

John Tirman | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics
John Tirman

Robert White passed away earlier this week at the age of 88, and my first thought beyond my sadness was, "they don't make them like that anymore." He was a tough, active, idealistic advocate in the Latin America of 30-40 years ago that was still dominated by corruption and genocidiares.

Understanding Richard Verma's Swift Senate Confirmation as U.S. Ambassador to India

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
Ronak D. Desai

Verma's rapid confirmation is remarkable given the acute political paralysis currently afflicting the Senate's confirmation process, particularly for ambassadorial nominees.

Benghazi Conspiracy Theories Definitively Debunked. Again.

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence just publicly released its report, which systematically knocks down pretty much every paranoid theory over the tragedy which happened in Benghazi, Libya and what happened immediately afterwards.

Shayla Hates Celebrities Episode Premiere: Interview With Shonali Bhowmik

J.L. Sirisuk | Posted 01.13.2015 | Comedy
J.L. Sirisuk

Those with a knowledge of New York and the history of its comedy scene will recognize Shonali Bhowmik immediately due to her rock 'n' roll sensibilities, her ties to some of the most innovative comedic acts, and of course her distinctly contagious laugh.

The President Hits a Home Run Nominating Richard Verma as U.S. Ambassador to India

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Ronak D. Desai

Verma's nomination comes at a particularly important moment in U.S.-India relations. The landmark election of a new Indian government this past May led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is widely regarded as an important opportunity to refocus ties between Washington and New Delhi.

Record Number of Women Makes History at UN Security Council

A View from the United Nations | Posted 11.19.2014 | World
A View from the United Nations

Women ambassadors are filling over a third of the Council's 15 seats, making history at the venerable institution and sending out a strong message about women's empowerment.

The Value and Importance of the Arts and the Humanities in Education and Life

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 11.09.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

We challenge our students to develop life-long skills such as analytical thinking, clarity in written and spoken expression, collaboration, and creativity.

Andrew Young's Choice

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

After I was arrested with about 90 other Black college students during my senior year at Spelman College in March 1960 for helping organize and participating in student sit-ins at Atlanta's racially segregated restaurants, I wrote in my diary when I returned to Spelman's campus: "SOMETHING WORTH LIVING AND DYING FOR!"

Five Items to Pack for Your Volunteer Abroad Experience

Stefan Cornibert | Posted 09.08.2014 | Impact
Stefan Cornibert

We asked some current and former volunteers with America's Unofficial Ambassadors about the most useful things they packed for service abroad, or what they wish they had packed after they arrived.

A Third to Prison, a Third to War, a Third to College: The Game of Chance with Ambassador Young

Maya Horgan | Posted 08.18.2014 | Black Voices
Maya Horgan

I see a common theme in the African American community -- a tolerance of the current state. "This system wasn't made for us, that's just how it is," I hear. This mentality permeates through world famous academics, and is widely read in higher education.

Priyanka Chopra: An Exclusive Interview

Nova Lorraine | Posted 07.14.2014 | Entertainment
Nova Lorraine

Through her successful film career, she has become one of the highest paid Bollywood actresses and a smash success on the international scene.

Benghazi ad Nauseam.

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Sidonie Sawyer

As an American citizen, I feel lucky to be able to voice my concern and write about the issues haunting me as a human being. One thing in the news of late is the continuing debate over the events that took place in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, in Libya.

Why I Taught My Daughters How to Be Ambassadors in the 5th Grade

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 06.23.2014 | Parents
Lisa Earle McLeod

I made a big deal about getting their passport. I treated it like a right of passage. They were graduating from the fifth grade, and they were about to become citizens of the world. I told each of them, "You are an ambassador for your country."

7 Ways to Give Back While You Travel

Adam Pervez | Posted 05.10.2014 | Travel
Adam Pervez

Traveling is one of life's biggest privileges. Adventures and experiences of a lifetime are ripe for the picking on all seven continents and people often ask me how they can give back while they travel. Here are some suggestions.

Those Ignorant Ambassadors

Dennis Jett | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
Dennis Jett

Critics should unwring their hands because selling ambassadorships is a time-honored tradition that is not going to change. America's representation abroad could be improved, but editorial indignation won't do it.

The Tao of Political Ambassadors

Peter Van Buren | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

You don't have to know anything, or have any specific background or training, to be the president's personal representative abroad and conduct foreign policy on behalf of the World's Most Powerful Nation.

Obama's Ambassador Problem

Lionel Beehner | Posted 04.10.2014 | World
Lionel Beehner

Our foreign policy will continue to be a eight-year-long trainwreck and second-rate operation so long as Obama anoints his richest bundlers as ambassadors.

Nelson Mandela: The Measure of the Man

James A. Joseph | Posted 02.12.2014 | College
James A. Joseph

In 1996, I was back in South Africa to present my credentials to President Mandela as the U.S. Ambassador. "I have come to exchange my 'free Mandela' sign for my credentials as the United States Ambassador," I said. He loved it.

Do Politicians Make Good Diplomats? (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Nicholas Kralev

On this week's episode of "Conversations with Nicholas Kralev," meet the Canadian ambassador to the United States, Gary Doer, a longtime politician who was most recently premier of the province of Manitoba.

Obama Taps Goldman Sachs Executive as Ambassador to Canada

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

A veteran Goldman Sachs & Co. executive and major fundraiser for President Barack Obama has been nominated as the next ambassador to Canada -- the latest in a parade of big-dollar campaign backers slated to represent U.S. interests abroad.

Ms. Ambassador!

Michael Hodin | Posted 11.16.2013 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

When Caroline Kennedy goes before the Senate for her confirmation hearings to become the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, she could surprise everyone by showing an appreciation for Japan's single most important issue -- its aging population.

Power Presents Credentials As U.S. Ambassador To UN

AP | EDITH M. LEDERER | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics

UNITED NATIONS — Samantha Power presented her credentials as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday, s...

Foreign Service Exam Question: What to Do With Edward Snowden on the Fourth of July in Moscow?

John Brown | Posted 09.06.2013 | Comedy
John Brown

Good luck with your exam, but don't expect USG employment until you pass the security clearance!