Should we be concerned about the buying of political ambassadorships? And, is Twiplomacy public diplomacy at all?
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Topic 1: Buying politically-appointed ambassadorships
Who Scores the Best Embassies? | Slate, Eric Posner
Are Political Appointees the Only U.S. Diplomats Who Haven’t Been to the Country to Which They Are Assigned? | Huffington Post, John Brown
Topic 2: @BarackObama and the troubling facade of Twitter diplomacy
Basically, @BarackObama Is a Parody Twitter Account | The Wire, Philip Bump
Adam: Coffee to Soybeans Surge as Brazil Drought Damages Crops | Bloomberg News
Ukraine peace deal signed, opens way for early election | Reuters
Julia: Council on Foreign Relation’s Interactives
Jennifer: Defense One
Michael: Propaganda and American Democracy by Nancy Snow
China in ‘House of Cards’ | ChinaFile