One blogger’s personal bridge to nowhere

Ambassador of Now Defunct Multinational Agglomerations

The bio of Stephen Sestanovich at the bottom of this Washington Post op-ed reads as follows:

The writer is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and professor of international diplomacy at Columbia University. He was U.S. ambassador at large for the former Soviet Union from 1997 to 2001. [emphasis mine]

I wasn’t aware that we were maintaining an ambassador to entire collections of countries that dissolved almost a decade earlier (presumably Thailand was included in Mr. Sestanovich’s portfolio). Makes me wonder who the current ambassadors to the former Habsburg and Ottoman — to say nothing of the Mongolian or Persian — Empires are.


April 27, 2009 - Posted by | Russia, U.S. politics | , ,


  1. I wonder if we still have ambassadors to American Indian nations…

    Comment by Kenny B. | April 27, 2009 | Reply

  2. If I recall correctly, Ambassadors-at-Large are explicitly tasked to deal with non-state actors (eg. there is one for Global Women’s Issues), so it makes sense that he would be tasked with dealing with all those nations that were formerly part of the USSR.

    Comment by Tommy | April 27, 2009 | Reply

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