America's missing Middle East ambassadors
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
In a new article at The Jerusalem Post, I explore the unprecedented lack of US ambassadors to the region. The lack of ambassadors throughout the region means that the US cannot effectively follow up on its strategy. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently made a whirlwind visit to the Middle East, traveling to Cairo, Amman, Kuwait, Beirut and Ankara. Who will follow up on his agenda? Former ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro shared his thoughts.
According to Shapiro, “it’s much harder without an ambassador and the White House should care about this.” It is also in Israel’s interest that there be high level US representatives in key neighboring states, as well as in the Gulf. “When I was ambassador I was in touch with counterparts in Arab countries coordinating thing that benefit Israel’s security and manage regional tensions and crises,” recalls Shapiro.
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