By Andrew Tabler

A key participant and an unrelenting trouble within the center East peace technique, Syria has lengthy been a thorn in Washington's aspect by way of forging strategic alliances with powers within the sector. yet simply after the occasions of 9-11 and Damascus's staunch competition to the warfare in Iraq did the U.S. govt commence a crusade to strain President Bashar al-Asad's regime to alter its rules and produce Syria into the Western political orbit.
Author Andrew Tabler used to be either a witness to and player within the occasions of this covert clash. No different Western newshounds or lecturers have been established in Damascus in this complete interval, and as co-founder of what used to be then Syria's merely English-language book, Tabler was once not just watched and censored, yet courted via the Syrian govt in an try to effect his tales to the overseas group. He received certain entry to the higher echelons of strength like no different journalist prior to him, even accompanying the Syrian president on a nation stopover at to China.

In the Lion's Den presents an extraordinary glimpse into the machinations of 1 of the world's such a lot baffling political platforms. The booklet vividly captures Tabler's behind-the-scenes reports in addition to the tale of Syria itself post-9/11 and Washington's makes an attempt to craft a "New heart East." Tabler's astute political research of the goings-on round him is seamlessly interwoven with a devastating critique of U.S. overseas coverage. He examines the consequences of the the Bush adminstration's approach, asking what went mistaken, what went correct, and the place Washington must move from right here to accommodate this unstable heart jap kingdom.

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To take another example, if a political track officer who has never done PD work is assigned as PAO, his or her subordinates and local staff in the PD section will be in the awkward position of having to teach the boss all about PD work because it is unfamiliar. In the past few years, the State Department added a requirement that all entry level FSOs must do a consular tour early in their career, in order to qualify for tenure. This new rule applies to PD-track FSOs and further reduces the number of assignments that they will have doing public diplomacy work.

These requirements of FSOs in general and PD officers in particular contrast starkly with many other professions, where the individual operates mostly on a solo basis, or is only dependent on one or two others for success. A university professor, for example, basically operates mostly alone, and is only obliged to work with students but rarely with others. Professors may occasionally work with other academics but on a very temporary basis, and faculty meetings are usually not complex teamwork exercises.

At any well-run overseas mission, the two strands interweave together all the time, attending meetings together, drafting policy papers together, organizing events together.  It could be said that, in our overseas missions, public diplomats and their work comprise a different ‘“culture” than that of traditional diplomats. ”18 Impact of the Merger The 1999 merger of USIA into State had an impact on public diplomacy personnel working at embassies. When USIA existed, PAOs at embassies were heads of an agency, who reported not only to their ambassadors, but also to the Director of USIA in Washington.

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