Diplomats and diplomacy: assessing the influence of experience in the implementation of U.S. foreign policy

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dc.contributor.author Kidd, Justin Eric
dc.date.accessioned 2018-03-04T22:55:05Z
dc.date.available 2018-03-04T22:55:05Z
dc.date.issued 2018-05-01 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/38625
dc.description.abstract In 2008, Ambassador’s Neumann and Pickering wrote letters to Senator’s Obama and McCain, with recommendations on qualifications for US Ambassador’s. Both Senator’s had recently received their party’s nomination for President, and Neumann and Pickering took the opportunity to suggest qualifications they believed were necessary for US ambassadors to perform their diplomatic tasks better. Their letters suggested that career ambassadors perform better, and they recommended that political appointees be limited to ten percent. The historical average has been roughly thirty percent. They also recommended that ambassadors have previous regional experience, and be knowledgeable about the countries in which they would be assigned, as well as speak the local language. What their letters were missing was evidence these traits actually make a difference in how well ambassadors perform their roles. In fact, this evidence is missing from the extant literature describing ambassadorial roles and responsibilities. This dissertation seeks to quantitatively and qualitatively analyze Neumann’s and Pickering’s qualifications, marking the first time this important subject has been examined using social science methodology. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject U.S. Ambassador qualification en_US
dc.subject U.S. foreign policy en_US
dc.subject Political appointees en_US
dc.subject Career ambassadors en_US
dc.subject Assessing U.S. foreign policy en_US
dc.subject Assessing ambassador performance en_US
dc.title Diplomats and diplomacy: assessing the influence of experience in the implementation of U.S. foreign policy en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.description.degree Doctor of Philosophy en_US
dc.description.level Doctoral en_US
dc.description.department Security Studies Interdepartmental Program en_US
dc.description.advisor Jeffrey J. Pickering en_US
dc.date.published 2018 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth May en_US

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