I read this question about US ambassadors being appointed without any formal career in the field but because of donations for a campaign.
Apparently in the US there are more or less two ways to be appointed as an ambassador
- by donation/support for a presidential nominee (political appointees).
- by a formal career as a foreign service officer
How do other countries handle this? Is the US an exception around (western) countries to allow ambassadors without formal eduacation in foreign affairs and so on or is this normal practice around the world?