Alfred H. Moses, chairman of the board of Beit Hatfutsot and former US ambassador to Romania.
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Almost 250 years ago, the fledgling democracy of the United States sent its first citizen diplomats – including luminaries such as Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin – to a dubious Europe dominated by 18th-century monarchies. To this day, we continue the practice, supplementing our now large core of career diplomats with amateur envoys – political ambassadors who have enjoyed success in other fields before turning to diplomacy.
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