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Selfies for LGBT Equality UN-Style (VIDEO)

Charles Radcliffe | Posted 10.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Charles Radcliffe

This year, the UN Human Rights Office set up a photo booth near the entrance to the iconic General Assembly Hall. Visitors were invited to stop by and have their photo taken while holding up a sign affirming their support for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people around the world.

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.