Kerry’s deputy sees ‘reduced accountability’ of career employees

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns talks about how diplomacy has changed since 9/11, and why increasing the number of high-level political positions at the State Department has reduced accountability among lower-level employees.

Pickering decries ‘expanded’ political appointments at State

On this week’s episode of “Conversations with Nicholas Kralev,” we conclude our conversation with Ambassador Thomas Pickering, former undersecretary of state for political affairs, about U.S. diplomacy in the 21st century, the Foreign Service and the increasing number of political appointees at the State Department, in positions previously help by career diplomats.

My TV show premieres with Pickering on Benghazi

In the premiere episode of “Conversations with Nicholas Kralev,” Ambassador Thomas Pickering, former undersecretary of state for political affairs and chairman of the Benghazi Accountability Review Board, talks about the Benghazi investigation, the conflict in Syria and Iran’s nuclear program. The full episode is below.