If embassy size relates proportionately to international prestige, what are we to make of two mammoth new entries--the Chinese embassy in Washington, and the new U.S. embassy in Baghdad?
The source: “McEmbassy” by Kurt M. Campbell, in The American Interest, May–June 2008.
The Roman motifs of Washington’s earliest public buildings convey the exalted aspirations of the fledgling American nation. And the futuristic architecture of Brasília illustrates Brazil’s goals of half a century ago. Now the new Chinese Embassy rising on a hill in Northwest Washington reflects the architectural...