Friday, October 18, 2013

U.S. Ambassador-At-Large For International Religious Freedom Resigns

World reports that U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Suzan Johnson Cook has resigned.  Wednesday was her last day at the U.S. State Department. Here is World's assessment of Cook's tenure:
[O]verall Cook left little impression among religious freedom advocates. She came to the position with a background as a pastor, with no diplomatic experience, and never seemed to embrace that diplomatic role for herself. While religious freedoms, especially in the Middle East, have spiraled downward in the last couple years, Cook did little publicly in the way of advocacy beyond presenting annual reports on violations.
[Thanks to Blog From the Capital for the lead.]