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U.S. Ambassadors to Foreign Countries

 
 
gollum
 
Reply Sun 8 Mar, 2009 11:59 am
When a U.S. ambassador to a foreign country resigns or is removed by the U.S. President, is it legal for him or her to take a job working for the government of the same foreign country?
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Francis
 
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Reply Sun 8 Mar, 2009 12:42 pm
Even though I'm not a specialist of American ambassadors, I cannot see why they couldn't.

At least, I know that some of them work for firms that have contracts with the countries they were ambassadors to.

Many former European ambassadors do...
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sun 8 Mar, 2009 12:46 pm
@Francis,
Francis wrote:

Many former European ambassadors do...


Depends on - here, in Germany, our ambassadors are more than 95% civil servants ('career diplomats'). They get posts in various countries on different continents, work in between in the Foreign Office or some international organistion .... and retire at the age of 65 (two of those actually livve in our village) Wink
Francis
 
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Reply Sun 8 Mar, 2009 12:49 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
What I meant, Walter, is that they do so, when they retire.

Usually, yes, they are civil servants.
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hawkeye10
 
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Reply Sun 8 Mar, 2009 12:53 pm
@gollum,
Quote:
Bearden said there is no difference between a former CIA official working as a lobbyist for a foreign government and a former ambassador doing the same thing. ''If an ambassador can do this without anyone raising any questions, I can't possibly see why someone would raise the issue with the CIA,'' he said.

Others disagree, both about the practice in general and about whether CIA officials should be particularly chastened.

''A foreign government's interests are not the same as those of the United States. To turn around for moneymaking purposes and work for another government is reprehensible,'' says Susan Rice, a former assistant secretary of state for African affairs.

http://www.newamerica.net/publications/articles/2003/ethics_conflict_seen_as_ex_cia_officials_turn_to_lobbying

The answer seems to be that legally it is OK, culturally it is not
gollum
 
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Reply Sun 8 Mar, 2009 01:42 pm
@hawkeye10,
hawkeye10-
Thank you. I think Bearden is correct if when the CIA official was working in the foreign country he was known to the officials of that government to be working for the United States, and the CIA official then resigns and accepts employment with the same country that he was working in.
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