re: "Transition Watch: Mona Sutphen"
"Mona Sutphen, who was named one of two White House Deputy Chiefs of Staff"
"Suthpen is one of the smartest, most able thinkers on foreign policy out there, representing a new generation whose defining years were not the Cold War or 9/11, but rather the Clinton Administration (h/t Yglesias):"
Someone alert Guinness:
"As far as I know, there’s never been a former (or current) foreign service officer who has served as White House Deputy Chief of Staff."
The black cloud surrounding the silver lining:
"(I)t also points to the sad reality of a foreign service career in this day and age — talented mid-level officers are far more likely to leave for greener pastures than stick around for twenty years trying to get an Ambassadorship. Had Sutphen stayed at State, she would be, most likely, a Deputy Chief of Mission somewhere, on the cusp of finding out whether she had been accepted into the Senior Foreign Service.
To put it bluntly, which would you rather be at a similar point in your career: DCM in the Kyrgyz Republic or Deputy Chief of Staff to the most exciting political figure in thirty years?"
From her bio:
"From 1991-2000, she was a U.S. Foreign Service Officer, and among other assignments, served in the White House at the National
Security Council (1998-2000). She also served at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, the Office of the High Representative following the Bosnian War, in the State Department human rights bureau, and at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok."