Friday, February 28, 2014

Bill O'Reilly: 'There's gotta' be some downside to having a woman presid...

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Review of 'The Culling' | Charles A. Ray | Published Review | Red Room

Review of 'The Culling' | Charles A. Ray | Published Review | Red Room

How To Be A Good Ambassador: The Guide

How To Be A Good Ambassador: The Guide: Given the latest series of underwhelming performances by ambassadorial nominees, it’s understandable that some people hoping for a successful foreign service career might be confused about the qualifications. Fortunately for them, the group representing career foreign service officers just published a new guide to being...

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

What are the Qualifications to be an Ambassador?


Washington, D.C. – All Americans have a vested interest in the effective management of U.S. embassies and missions. The strong leadership of our Ambassadors and Chiefs of Mission is crucial for the success of U.S. foreign policy and maintaining our standing in the world. With that in mind, the American Foreign Service Association convened a committee of ten former chiefs of mission, comprised of career and non-career ambassadors, to identify the requisite qualifications and experience that every chief of mission nominee should possess to enable him or her to succeed.
On February 25 at 11:00 a.m., AFSA will release the “Guidelines for Successful Performance as a Chief of Mission” in a teleconference. AFSA President Robert J. Silverman, AFSA Vice President Matthew K. Asada and four committee members will be available to take questions:
 Anthony S. Harrington is former Ambassador to Brazil under the Clinton Administration. He also served as Chairman of the President's Intelligence Oversight Board and as Vice Chairman of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.
 James F. Jeffrey is former Ambassador to Turkey (2008-2010) and Iraq (2010-2012). He also served as Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor in the George W. Bush Administration.
 Laura Kennedy was appointed by President George W. Bush as Ambassador to Turkmenistan (2001-03). President Obama appointed her U.S. Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva
 Charles A. Ray served as Ambassador to Cambodia and Zimbabwe. From 2006 to 2009, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for POW/Missing Personnel.
Journalists who wish to join the teleconference should call 866-939-3921 or 678-302-3550 at 10:45 a.m. The guidelines, an overview document, and bios of all working group members will be available on the AFSA web site ( at 9:30 a.m. on the day of the teleconference. For journalists who would like to schedule in-person interv

Monday, February 17, 2014

Showing the True Face of Zimbabwe and Africa

An article I wrote for Living Zimbabwe, an on-line journal, can be found here.

The stone of Great Zimbabwe.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Interviewed by D.V. Berkom, Author of Leine Basso Thrillers

Check this amazing interview at D.V. Berkom's Books:

Today on Awesome Authors I’m pleased to interview prolific writer, former diplomat, journalist, and current intrepid world-traveler, Charlie Ray. I first became aware of Charlie through Indies Unlimited,where he’s a frequent commenter. Read more . . .