American Ambassadors The Past, Present, and Future of by Dennis C Jett (auth.)

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By Dennis C Jett (auth.)

Some of these named as American ambassadors are the manufactured from either a primary culture and a thinly veiled kind of corruption. 'American Ambassadors' explains how an individual turns into an envoy, the place they move, what they do and why, in cutting-edge ever extra globalized global, they're extra very important than ever.

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For the five presidents who were in office immediately before the passage of the act, 35 percent of the ambassadors were political appointees. For the five presidents who have been in office since its enactment, it has been 30 percent. Since 1980, it has been slightly higher for Republican presidents (31 percent) and less for Democrats (27 percent). 28 l American Ambassadors It is too early to tell what the percentage will be under the current administration, but at least for President Obama’s first term in office, the 30/70 ratio held.

Another reason for families with children living a long way from Foggy Bottom is that public schools within the District of Columbia are not great and the private school options are very costly. Living in the suburbs means braving some of the worst traffic in the country to get to work, but at least the Metro subway system provides a good public transportation alternative. Assignments abroad are usually three years in a normal country, but they can be two years when conditions are difficult. In places like Iraq and Afghanistan, where the threats to diplomats are extremely high, a tour of duty can be as short as one year.

On that basis, there are about 200 million Americans who are eligible to take the exam. Woody Allen once said that “showing up is 80 percent of life,” however. In the case of the FSOT, it is more than that, given that only around 20,000 people out of the 200 million show up to take the exam each year. Who Gets to Be an Ambassador l 37 The number of applicants can vary greatly in response to the economy and the general public perception of national service and the State Department. When unemployment rises, so will the number of the people who take the exam.

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