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Are Political Appointees the Only U.S. Diplomats Who Haven't Been to the Country to Which They Are Assigned?

John Brown | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
John Brown

In my case, of all the countries to which I was assigned, I had previously visited only three -- the U.K., Russia, and Czechoslovakia. Other nations where I had the privilege to serve -- Poland, Ukraine, Estonia, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia -- I had never been.

Obama Taps Campaign Supporters For Ambassadorships

AP | Posted 12.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is nominating two supporters who raised hefty sums for his re-election campaign to be U.S. ambassadors. ...

Public Diplomacy and the Flight to the Academy

John Brown | Posted 01.05.2013 | World
John Brown

Today, American public diplomacy, once implemented by an independent and very imperfect agency, is hidden away at the regulations-driven State Department, some would say like a coffin at a funeral home, despite the good intentions of the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.

PHOTOS: Famous (& Weird) Tourism Ambassadors

AOL Travel News | Posted 08.30.2011 | Travel

This week Hong Kong announced that the face of its summer campaign would have a snout, as McDull the cartoon pig became the island's official tourism ...

Obama's Recess Appointment of Ambassadors to Baku and Ankara Must Be Challenged

Harut Sassounian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harut Sassounian

Pres. Obama's unilateral appointments of Matthew Bryza as Ambassador to Azerbaijan and Frank Ricciardone as Ambassador to Turkey must be strongly chal...

America as a Shopping Mall? U.S. Cultural Diplomacy in the Age of Obama

John Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Brown

During the first year of the Obama administration, expectations that cultural diplomacy would become a governmental priority were not met, despite the fact that the President made "cultural" references in his speeches overseas.

Goodies Galore: Here's How to Cajole Roland Burris Into Voting for the Heath Care Bill

Carol Felsenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Carol Felsenthal

Whether he wins or not, maybe Sen. Burris could have "Nominated for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize" carved on his much-ridiculed tombstone.

Micheletti's Losing Battle for International Legitimacy

Daniel Altschuler | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daniel Altschuler

The current Honduran imbroglio has presented ambassadors with the dilemma of whether to support the deposed President or the newly-installed leader.

Obama Names Ambassadors To Britain, France, India

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has picked a major Democratic fundraiser as ambassador to Britain, a theology professor to represent the Uni...

Streamline, Don't Swell, Our Foreign Affairs Machine

Amb. Peter Bridges | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amb. Peter Bridges

Among the problems Obama faces is our need for more efficient human organization -- a problem that all recent presidents have ignored.