Ambassador’s Directory 2015

by Laura

Don’t miss our annual guide to the places and faces of Embassy Row. 

Screen shot 2015-10-01 at 11.57.06 AMDiplomats are an essential element of life in the nation’s capital. It’s hard to imagine Washington without embassies, consulates, chanceries, military missions and grand ambassadorial residences. The envoys representing 176 nations help the local economy, make cultural contributions and are our neighbors and friends.

German Ambassador Peter Wittig, who graciously opened his residence for this month’s Inside Homes feature, notes that while his chief mission is talking about major issues with serious decision-makers, the social aspects of his job are important as well. “We love to host a great variety of events — political, diplomatic in the traditional sense, but also cultural and intellectual things,” he told us. “That’s part of our vision on how modern diplomacy should be.”

This is why we produce this issue each year. Not only is our annual Diplomatic Directory a comprehensive guide to Embassy Row, it’s also a very personal way to introduce readers to the current ambassadors and provide glimpses into various aspects of their lives.

We would be remiss not to mention Pope Francis’ historic trip to the U.S. last month. While documenting the visit for the Archdiocese of Washington, our principal photographer Tony Powell managed to snap this selfie with the pontiff. See more of his photos inside, where we also highlight papal diplomacy with a feature on the Vatican’s man in Washington, Archibishop Carlos Maria Viganò.

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