Daily Archives: November 5, 2020

The Politicization of the State Department

The Atlantic features an article on the politicization of the State Department under Trump, Tillerson and Pompeo.  They have tried to demand complete loyalty from State Department officers to the Trump agenda.  They have forced out some senior Foreign Service officers, and many others left what they felt was a politically charged atmosphere which accepted no input from career officers.  It reached a peak during the Trump impeachment hearings, and was illustrated by the drafting of an Orwellian ” professional ethos statement” that seemed to challenge professional officers’ loyalty.  

Leading Candidates to Be Biden’s Secretary of State

Politico lists the leading candidates to be Biden’s Secretary of State:

  • Senator Chris Coons of Delaware
  • Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut
  • Susan Rice, former National Security Adviser
  • Anthony Blinken, former Deputy Secretary of State
  • Samantha Power, former Ambassador to the UN
  • Tom Donilon, former National Security Adviser
  • Wendy Sherman, former Under Secretary of State
  • William Burns, retired Foreign Service officer, former Deputy Secretary of State
  • Nicholas Burns, retired Foreign Service officer, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs