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Publikācija: Has the Era of Latvian Political Ambassadors Come to an End?

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Nosaukums oriģinālvalodā Has the Era of Latvian Political Ambassadors Come to an End?
Pētniecības nozare 5. Sociālās zinātnes
Pētniecības apakšnozare 5.6. Politikas zinātne
Autori M. Bišofa
Atslēgas vārdi Renewed Latvian Foreign Service, Transformation of Diplomacy, Career Ambassadors vs Political Ambassadors, Professional and Effective Foreign Service, Diplomatic Academy, Diplomatic Training, Evaluation of Latvian Diplomats
Anotācija With the newly regained independence in 1991 the Latvian Diplomatic Service had to be established from anew recruiting loyal to Latvia people, mainly educated population without any practical experience in diplomacy. Many of the newly recruited employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs became ambassadors. Over the years the Latvian Diplomatic Service has become a truly professional organization and does not appoint ambassadors from outside the Ministry any more, in such a way creating kind of a “closed club” or “closed system”. The main question posed in this article is whether Latvia, as a small country with limited human resources, should base its Diplomatic Service only on career diplomats or whether in some particular cases a political appointee would be more successful. The author argues that everyone who has proven to be qualified for a particular position on the basis of their previous experience and long years of professional work in different fields, especially if it has been tied with foreign affairs, should be enabled, and in some cases even invited, to be appointed an ambassador. Such provision would be of benefit for the professionalism, successfulness and reputation of Latvian diplomacy.
Atsauce Bišofa, M. Has the Era of Latvian Political Ambassadors Come to an End?. Humanitārās un sociālās zinātnes. Nr.17, 2010, 83.-90.lpp. ISSN 1407-9291.
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