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Monday, May 16, 2016

Ben Rhodes and the decline of professionalism in foreign affairs

http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/05/12/ben-rhodes-and-the-decline-of-professionalism-in-foreign-affairs/?utm_source=Daily+Media+Digest&utm_campaign=bba18b6ca8-AFSA_Media_Digest5_13_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e87ea75dce-bba18b6ca8-215169225

Ben Rhodes and the decline of professionalism in foreign affairs

By Eric R. Terzuolo
Best Defense guest columnist
The arrogance and cynicism of White House deputy national security adviser for strategic communications Ben Rhodes is the subject of a recent, largely admiring profile by David Samuels in New York Times Magazine. It has generated ample criticism, ranging from the subtle and eloquent to the admirably and justifiably brutal. There is no need to pile on. But, for someone like myself, a practitioner of diplomacy for over twenty years, and more recently a teacher and scholar of international issues, the Rhodes profile is doubly depressing. It is, in my view, an obituary for professionalism in the conduct of foreign affairs.http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/05/12/ben-rhodes-and-the-decline-of-professionalism-in-foreign-affairs/?utm_source=Daily%20Media%20Digest&utm_campaign=bba18b6ca8-AFSA_Media_Digest5_13_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e87ea75dce-bba18b6ca8-215169225&wp_login_redirect=0

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