Unqualified Ambassadors

Monday, October 14, 2019 • 12:30 PM • Law School 4047Duke Law Events

In making appointments to the office of ambassador, U.S. presidents often select political supporters from outside the ranks of the State Department's professional diplomatic corps. This practice is aberrational and a source of recurrent controversy, and yet its significance is substantially opaque: How do political appointees compare with career diplomats in terms of credentials? Are they less effective in office? Do they serve in some countries more than others? Have any patterns evolved over time? Please join Ryan Scoville, associate professor of law at Marquette University, to discuss his findings on the above unexplored questions and thoughts for legal reforms, based on his forthcoming article in the Duke Law Journal. A panel of Duke professors will discuss Prof. Scoville's findings. Lunch provided. Please email Daniel Lautzenheiser (dl260@duke.edu) with any questions. Sponsored by the Duke Law Journal; the Duke Center on Law, Ethics and National Security; and the Duke University Program in American Grand Strategy.

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