The new U.S. Ambassador to Hungary arrived in Budapest after an 18-month hiatus in American diplomatic presence on the highest level. Colleen Bradley Bell, a television producer (most notably of the wildly successful The Bold and the Beautiful) turned political appointee, has a considerable task in representing American and transatlantic interests and defending common Western values. She plunged into high-stakes diplomacy in a frontline NATO ally bordering war-torn Ukraine, and an EU member state whose Prime Minister is building ever closer relations with Vladimir Putin and other Eurasian autocrats.