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Author Jett, Dennis C., 1945- author.

Title American ambassadors : a guide for aspiring diplomats and foreign service officers / Dennis C. Jett
Edition Second edition
Published Cham : Palgrave Macmillan, [2021]


Description 1 online resource : illustrations
Series ADST-DACOR diplomats and diplomacy series
ADST-DACOR diplomats and diplomacy series.
Contents 1 A Brief History of the Title -- 2 Becoming an Ambassador--The Foreign Service Route -- 3 Becoming an Ambassador--The Political Appointee Route -- 4 The Last Steps--Clearance and Confirmation -- 5 What An Ambassador Does -- 6 Where Ambassadors Go -- 7 Why It Matters and How It Might Be Changed
Summary "If you ever wondered who becomes an American ambassador and why, this is the book for you. It describes how Foreign Service officers become ambassadors by rising up through the ranks, and why they typically make up about 70 percent of the total number of ambassadors. It also covers where the other 30 percent come from the political appointees who get the job because they helped elect the president by supporting him as a campaign contributor, a political ally, or a personal friend. It explains why, despite being illegal and a threat to national security, selling the title of ambassador remains a common practice that is also unique to the United States. It considers why some suggestions for reform are misguided, what might be done, and why who the president is matters so much in determining how well the United States will be represented abroad. This updated and revised edition of Jett's classic book not only provides a timely overview of American ambassadorship for Foreign Service Officers, aspiring diplomats, and interested citizens, but also calls for much-needed reform, describing the dire implications of failing to change our ambassadorial appointments process for the future of American diplomatic practice and foreign policy. Dennis C. Jett is Professor of International Affairs at Penn State University, USA. As a career diplomat, he served as Ambassador to Peru and Mozambique and in four other countries. He has a Ph. D. in International Relations from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa"--Publisher's description
Notes "Release date: November 25, 2021"
Previous edition: 2014
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Ambassadors -- United States
Diplomatic relations.
SUBJECT United States -- Foreign relations -- 21st century.
Subject United States.
Form Electronic book
Author Palgrave Macmillan (Firm), publisher, distributor.
ISBN 9783030837693