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Ready for a Friday flash quiz? Name the U.S. ambassador to: a) Israel. b) Afghanistan.c) Iran. (Answers below.) Can’t do it? Don’t worry, you are not alone. These hard-working diplomats are seldom in the news and hardly known outside State Department circles. In recent years around 70 percent of U.S. ambassadors have risen through the ranks of the State Department, many having begun their careers in the Peace Corps or issuing visas at U.S. Consulates abroad. There is, however, another group in the pack, namely the “political” appointments. These are high-profile business people or celebrities who come by their posts […]


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