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United States Diplomacy

Obama's Political Nominees for Ambassadorial Positions

S. Azmat Hassan | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
S. Azmat Hassan

The United States is the only major country that still nominates non-career persons as its ambassadors to foreign countries. These persons' main qualification is that they raised large sums of money for the president's electoral campaigns.

John Kerry Is a Figure of His Times (and That's Not a Good Thing)

Peter Van Buren | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Peter Van Buren

In his nine months in office, Kerry's State Department has one striking accomplishment to its name. He and his errant statements have become global punch lines, but is he truly to blame for his performance?

The Thing About 'American Centers'

Inesha Premaratne | Posted 05.12.2013 | College
Inesha Premaratne

A public diplomacy strategy that focuses on informing the rest of the world about us but that neglects to bring to Americans the stories of those around the world is not just a strategy that promotes inwardness, exclusiveness, and even that shunned strain of ethnocentrism we decry.