Political appointments to diplomatic postings are mostly a bad idea
In the worst-case scenarios, the presence of a political appointee leaves scars: relations with the host country decline, staff leave, and trade progress is lost.
In larger missions, political appointees can be disastrous for foreign relations. The choice of two Sinophiles, John McCallum and Dominic Barton, was the wrong move in an increasingly intolerant China, writes Andrew Caddell. The Hill Times file photograph and photograph by Andrew Meade