ABSTRACT

State Department Special Envoy, Representative, and Coordinator Positions: Background and Congressional Actions [September 15, 2017]   [open pdf - 789KB]

"President George Washington set the precedent for making special, temporary diplomatic appointments in 1789 when he named Gouverneur Morris as a private agent to establish normal diplomatic relations with British officials. From that point on, the number of these temporary special representatives expanded and contracted, depending on each Administration's governing style and the issues at the time. As the United States became more deeply involved in world affairs, and as Presidents became more directly involved in international relations, the number of special appointments grew, particularly in the 20th and 21st centuries."

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CRS Report for Congress, R44946
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2017-09-15
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