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Diplomatic purge hurts the U.S. more than Trump’s Twitter diplomacy, says Farrow

By Beatrice Paez      

The erosion of U.S. diplomacy is rooted in 'cultural tradition' in which politicians tend to glamourize war to the exclusion of the work diplomats engage in to prevent conflict, says journalist Ronan Farrow.

Journalist Ronan Farrow speaks in Ottawa during the Canada 2020 conference on Tuesday. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Diplomacy in the U.S. may have been eroding for decades, but under the Trump administration, the purge of career diplomats has accelerated, undercutting the country’s credibility with its allies, says journalist Ronan Farrow, author of the recently released War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence, who was speaking at the Canada 2020 conference in Ottawa on Tuesday.

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