HOLLYWOOD HAS IT A-LISTERS. IN WASHINGTON, WE REVERE OUR POLITICOS. BUT NEITHER GROUP HAS THE INTERNATIONAL CACHE OF OUR DIPLOMATIC ALL-STARS - THEY ARE WHO MAKE THIS CITY A GLOBAL CAPITOL MEET THEM ALL IN OUR 2008 WL AMBASSADOR GUIDE
WITH CONTRIBUTING EDITOR GAIL SCOTT
This fall, there are more new faces on Embassy Row than ever before. That's the nature of the diplomatic profession - a global game of musical chairs. But since last spring, there have been some real surprises. France's Jean-David Levitte went back to Paris as President Nicolas Sarkozy's diplomatic aide, and Norway's Knut Vollebaek came back from summer leave only to say farewell along with rockin' Hungarian Ambassador Andrâs Simonyi, who packed up his guitars and headed home to Budapest. Their wives, Marie-Cécile, Ellen and Nada, had become part of the diplomatic tapestry here and are missed.
Meet the new French Ambassador who spent part of his childhood here and discover which ambassadors love to play tennis and which top envoy is
a great soccer goalie. Although Washington still attracts the most seasoned diplomats, many new ambassadors with young families (Mexico, Hungary, Finland, Jordan) will find their stay here to be even more demanding.
In today's quixotic "Diplomatic Dance," everyone needs to keep on his or her toes. Sir David and Lady Manning of the British Embassy are already packed, and his successor, Sir Nigel Sheinwald and his wife Julia are moving in before the end of the month. The Poles just announced their departure for November, and envoys from Argentina and Guatemala may be bowing out before the holidays. But don't fret about not knowing the names of these globetrotters at the next big ball or bash, it's all covered here in the 2008 WL Ambassador Guide.