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Armenian genocide | US ambassadors

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Tuesday, 19 November 2019


Editor's note

When the US House of Representatives voted in favour of a resolution last month to recognise the 1915 massacre of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire as a genocide it was a significant moment for the Armenian diaspora. And it caused an angry response from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who said it had deeply hurt the Turkish nation. Maria Koinova explains how the Armenia diaspora has worked to forge coalitions across the world to push for genocide recognition.

One million dollars. That’s how much Gordon Sondland gave to Trump’s inaugural committee, helping Sondland to win the position of ambassador to the European Union. He’s far from the first wealthy donor to seek the title of ambassador. Penn State University professor and former ambassador Dennis Jett digs into the political culture of selling ambassadorships, “a time-honored practice used by presidents of both parties.”

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