— By Domani Spero
The State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) has rolled out several videos for its Ambassador Introduction Video Series on You Tube. The videos are mostly in English (with one exception) or with some local language subtitles. The most viewed from this latest releases is the video of US Ambassador to Belgium Denise Bauer. The only one in a foreign language (with an English version also available) is delivered unexpectedly not by a career diplomat but by non-career appointee Alexa Wesner, the new ambassador to Austria. The most viewed in this series at 377,521 views is still the video introduction of the late Ambassador Chris Stevens originally published in May 2012 by america.gov and US Embassy Tripoli. A good number of these videos get less than a thousand views.
See Here Comes the Sun: U.S. Senate Confirms A Slew of New Ambassadors as It Runs Out the Door for the recent confirmations. We expect to see mored videos like these as the confirmed ambassadors start getting to posts.
U.S. Ambassador to Austria Alexa Wesner
Deutsch Version – 6,254 views | Meet U.S. Ambassador to Austria, Alexa Wesner English Version – 687 views
U.S. Ambassador to Kingdom of Belgium Denise Bauer
U.S. Ambassador to Denmark Rufus Gifford
U.S. Ambassador to Italy John Philips
English with Italian Subtitles – 105 views
U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Chad James Knight
Views – 94
U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon David Hale
Views – 60
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U.S. Ambassador to Burkina Faso Tulinabo Mushingi
Views – 41
U.S. Ambassador to Laos Dan Clune
Part Lao/Lao With English Subtitles – 25 views
Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s Matthew Barzun
Special mention goes to the US Embassy in London for ditching the video formula and welcoming the new Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s, Matthew Barzun by looking back at some of the former Ambassadors to London in Position Filled at Grosvenor Square! Ambassador Barzun was previously the chief of mission at the US Embassy in Sweden duringPresident Obama’s first term in office.