Charles Ray: Foreign Service needs ‘a bit’ of an overhaul
July 9, 20155:51 pm
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The State Department could do a better job creating new leadership and education and professional development opportunities for its career employees. That's according to a recent report from the American Academy of Diplomacy which found the department is too focused on its political appointees -- and politics in general -- marginalizing the career employees in the foreign service. Charles Ray is a former ambassador and member of the Foreign Service and former deputy assistant secretary of defense for prisoners of war and missing personnel affairs. He says the foreign service itself is in need of a bit of an overhaul. He tells In Depth guest host Jared Serbu that it's time to start treating the Foreign Service as a profession -- and its members as true professionals.