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organized body of agents maintained by governments to communicate with one another. Origins

Until the 15th cent. any formal communication or negotiation among nations was conducted either by means of ambassadors specially appointed for a
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1. short for ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary; a diplomatic minister of the highest rank, accredited as permanent representative to another country or sovereign
2. ambassador extraordinary a diplomatic minister of the highest rank sent on a special mission
3. ambassador plenipotentiary a diplomatic minister of the first rank with treaty-signing powers
4. ambassador-at-large US an ambassador with special duties who may be sent to more than one government
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After his ambassadorship ended, Gavin opened an office in Los Angeles and invested in various enterprises in Mexico and served on the boards of corporations and charities.
And ambassadorships provide methodological leverage for evaluating performance because of a large available sample, variation both across type of appointee (careerist and noncareerist) and within type (background characteristics) for similar positions with uniform appointment criteria and legal authority, and a statutorily designed evaluation scheme with clear criteria for performance.
Raji is only the second Iranian-American to be nominated for an ambassadorship.
Having a fan base of middle-aged women was pivotal to Swab's securing a brand ambassadorship with an outdoor living company that was trying to reach a similar audience.
Robert Stephen Beecroft, currently US ambassador to Iraq, was nominated for the ambassadorship in Egypt, where that position has been vacant since August.
London, Feb 22 (ANI): The selection of Louis Susman, a lawyer and banker from President Barack Obama's hometown of Chicago, in place of an experienced diplomat has raised new questions about his pre poll campaign promises to change politics and not continue the practise of doling out prized ambassadorships to cronies.
Because the ambassadorships were informal, the Appraisal Institute didn't necessarily target a particular country, instead relying on individuals that had life-experience, expertise or often visited a particular country.
All administrations routinely employ the machinery of government for political advantage by such means as timing announcements to benefit supporters or awarding ambassadorships to big contributors.
Retired generals, admirals, and air chief marshals have been appointed chancellors of universities, hold ambassadorships to dozens of countries, and even preside over the Pakistan Squash Federation.
At the Annual Educational Conference in Providence last June, I announced that we were launching a new program called NEHA Ambassadorships in the coming year.
But by awarding ambassadorships to 19 Pioneers--supporters who raised at least $100,000 for his 2000 campaign--George W.
ambassadorships this year, including Richard Egan of EMC Corp.