(Non) Expert Emissaries
WRM on Politically Appointed Ambassadors
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  • Dexter Trask

    Having worked with both ambassadors who are political appointees and ambassadors who were career diplomats, this strikes me as dead-on. A further element of quality to consider is stature. Although he ended up doing okay job as ambassador, the Japanese were keenly aware that John Roos was a bundler and not a Caroline Kennedy or Tom Schieffer (let alone a Howard Baker or a Mike Mansfield). Part of the message we send to other countries about the importance we give the bilateral relationship resides in the choice of the president’s personal representative to that country.

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