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Newsline: A Netflix show stirs buzz among U.S. diplomats

The first clue that an upcoming Netflix show called “The Diplomat” is fiction is that the main character — played by Keri Russell of “The Americans” fame — is a career Foreign Service officer appointed the U.S. ambassador to Britain. That almost never happens. In the real world, the perch atop one of America’s most vital embassies — one housing so many U.S. agencies that it’s practically a mini-U.S. government abroad — usually goes to a rich person who helped fund the president’s campaign and can throw a big party. And that person is nearly always a man. Still, despite its eyebrow-raising elements, the show, which is in production, is stirring buzz among America’s thousands of career diplomats. Some have already offered expertise to the show’s creators. “We’ll take what we can get,” said Eric Rubin, president of the American Foreign Service Association, the diplomats’ union. “The truth is most Americans have no idea what diplomats do. Anything that helps people understand what it is that diplomats do and what our Foreign Service does for our country is positive.” (https://news.yahoo.com/netflix-show-starring-keri-russell-110000576.html) Some current and former diplomats even say it’s a good thing if the series isn’t too realistic. After all, as one journalist noted, a realistic take would require Russell’s character to spend several episodes just waiting for Senate confirmation. “A show that was actually really accurate about life in an embassy would probably be pretty boring,” said Lewis Lukens, a former deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in London.

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