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The Latest Column: Clooney’s Diplomacy

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When George Clooney appeared on the White House lawn for a press conference following his meeting with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden last month, two things stood out.

The press corps gathered there didn’t question his credentials to talk about the Darfur region of Sudan, and Clooney actually broke news.

The president, he said, was prepared to send a “full-time, high-level” special envoy to Sudan — and the event was notable because he, not the administration, delivered that detail.

The fact that the president met with Clooney so early in his term, before his team completed a policy review in Darfur, reflects not just a level of acceptance of celebrity-driven diplomatic efforts but a growing level of sophistication of such figures in international affairs.

That’s the subject of my latest column in the Politico, which you can read here.

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