All the politically appointed US ambassadors were notified that they must vacate their post as of January 20, the first day in office of the new Obama administration. How many people are directly concerned it is not quite clear, media reports suggesting at least the US ambassadors in UK, France and Japan, the last two previously serving in the diplomatic service.
Also, it is not very clear who will replace them and what will be the new diplomatic representation strategy . The same for the financial and strategic perspective on national security issues, including regarding the US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Condoleezza Rice is on a farewell tour, and by now it is not certain how her professional future will look like.
Among the first diplomatic appointees, Susan E. Rice was nominated for the position of UN Ambassador, a high-profile position, held previously also by a former secretary of state, Madeleine K. Albright.