The problem for US diplomacy: More than 30 nations without US ambassadors

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US diplomacy has a problem. About one-fifth of the nation’s ambassador-level posts are currently unfilled. Most of that is because nominations have been held up when they come for review before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

“This is rather unprecedented, and I think it’s also rather unfortunate,” says Tomicah Tillemann, senior fellow at the New America Foundation. Tillemann used to work for the State Department and is also a former staffer with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he used to help vet ambassadorial candidates.

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Tomicah Tillemann is a leader in the fields of civic innovation and social finance. He serves as Director of the Bretton Woods II program at New America. He and his team work with the world's largest asset owners to reduce risk and volatility through strategic investments in social impact and development. He is also Co-founder of the Blockchain Trust Accelerator, Chair of the Global Blockchain Business Council, and a member of the Advisory Board of the BitFury Group, a leading full-service Blockchain company.