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Changes in the Foreign Service Since February 8 President Clinton has appointed nine foreign ambassadors The countries included in these appointments are Bolivia Guyana Suriname Australia Bangladesh Poland Kyrgz Republic Mongolia and Laos These individuals have degrees from Yale Harvard the University of Alaska Emory George Washington University and several others US Newswire In some cases these individuals can speak as many as five different languages There seems to be a very real public perception that ambassadors role in other countries is more ceremonial than a reflection of Americas foreign objectives The perception is that this group of individuals and their appointments are a remnant of the Jacksonian spoils system On February 10 Clinton made a statement on embassy security initiatives and increasing their funding Not only a simple increase but a doubling of the federal funding of embassies abroad More than 11 billion will be included in the 2001 budget to reduce further loss of life from terrorist attacks on our overseas diplomatic missions Over 200 million will go into actual security measures perimeter barriers alarms etc to defend these individuals from those individuals who desire no intervention from the United States One might ask if all these measures are necessary to view ourselves as a humanitarian superpower If terrorists attack an American embassy there is a greater message to be heard Foreign policy and the ambassador system represent an agreement between the host country and the United States The host is just as responsible for insuring the security of our diplomats as we are but if there is no cooperation then there is no diplomacy Terrorist acts upon United States embassies could be viewed as a growing animosity towards our interventionist style and now there are nine new targets In the Rosati text there is an essay on the tradition of political ambassadors 161 This work cites that individuals appointed as ambassadors are from outside the Foreign Service in most cases All
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