Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Bolivia's new ambassador

Evo Morales has named his ambassador to the U.S. Gustavo Guzmán is a respected journalist, but has no diplomatic experience. The article notes the other “unconventional” appointments President Morales has made, but given the fact that his movement swept out the old guard, by definition he has few allies experienced in government affairs. The choice of the new ambassador can also be viewed in a positive light, because—despite all the criticism aimed at him--he did not intentionally name someone hostile to the U.S. (which is, in fact, a tactic often favored by the U.S. goverment when it makes its own appointments for Latin America positions).


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