United States Diplomacy Center

Links to Diplomacy

U.S. Diplomacy Center Online Exhibitions and Interpretive Guides

The USDC offers interpretive guides to be used with our exhibitions. These guiding questions encourage visitors to look more closely at the images and artifacts found in the exhibit, and assist teachers or docents working from the exhibit with a group.

State Department Curriculum Packages:

The State Department Office of the Historian in the Bureau of Public Affairs produces both video and curriculum packages as well as individual lesson plans on selected topics for use in U.S. classrooms. (Not available for use outside the United States).

These curriculum packages include:

  • Documents on Diplomacy: Primary Source Documents and Lessons from the World of Foreign Affairs, 1775-2011 (2011)
  • When the Border Vanishes: Diplomacy and the Threat to our Environment and Health (2010)
  • A Journey Shared: The United States and China, 200 Years of History (2008)
  • Today in Washington: the Media and Diplomacy (2006)
  • Sports and Diplomacy in the Global Arena (2005)
  • A History of Diplomacy (2004)
  • Terrorism: A War without Borders (2002)

Additional Resources for Teachers

E-Pals connects registered classrooms with students and educators in 191 countries, allowing classroom-to-classroom project sharing.  Students practice language and literacy skills through teacher-supervised global penpals. 

Taking it Global
TakingITGlobal.org is an online community that connects youth to find inspiration, access information, get involved, and take action in their local and global communities. It's the world's most popular online community for young people interested in making a difference.

Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI)
The YLI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.  YLI is funded by the United States Congress, the Virginia General Assembly, and private donations.  YLI develops free K-12 civic education resources designed to encourage student interest and participation in the American political process.

Friendship Through Education (FTE)
The FTE, launched by the U.S. Department of Education in response to the events surrounding September 11, 2001, continues to work to build strong and lasting relationships between American children and those from other countries and cultures.

iEARN is the world's largest non-profit global network that enables teachers and young people to use the Internet and other new technologies to collaborate on projects that both enhance learning and make a difference in the world.

International Communication and Negotiation Simulations (ICONS)
The ICONS Project offers high school and university students from around the world the opportunity to participate in Internet-based simulations that teach communication and negotiation skills while exploring some of the most contentious political issues of the day.

Americans for Informed Democracy (AID)
Americans for Informed Democracy (AID) is a non-partisan non-profit organization working to raise global awareness on more than 500 U.S. university campuses and in more than 10 countries. AID coordinates town hall meetings on America's role in the world, hosts leadership retreats, and publishes opinion pieces and reports on issues of global importance.

Teaching Tolerance
Teaching Tolerance was founded by the Southern Poverty Law Center and provides educators with free educational materials that promote respect for differences and appreciation of diversity in the classroom and beyond.

Educators for Social Responsibility (ESR)
ESR helps educators create safe, caring, respectful, and productive learning environments. We also help educators work with young people to develop the social skills, emotional competencies, and qualities of character they need to succeed in school and become contributing members of their communities. 

International Education Week (IEW)
This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

Peace Corps Coverdell World Wise Schools

Library of Congress 
The web site of the Library of Congress offers many resources on U.S. Diplomacy, including:  Frontline Diplomacy, The Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection of the Association for Diplomatic Studies

Model UN program

The Model UN Program is a powerful way for students to learn about international relations and the importance of diplomacy in shaping the world. The Model UN Program allows students to learn about current global issues by playing the role of a country's UN representative, writing resolutions, making speeches, and trying their hand at negotiation.

The State Department's Bureau of International Organizations presents a Model UN Conference at the State Department in May each year, co-sponsored with Global Classrooms Washington, DC of the UN Association of the National Capital Area.

Photo Galleries

There are many ways for students and educators to learn about the world of diplomacy. One way is to look into the world of diplomacy by exploring the photo galleries available on the State Department website and on the websites of American embassies and missions overseas.

The State Department Photo Gallery reveals the varied work of American diplomats and tells about their lives overseas. If you are working on a school project and need photographs of American diplomats in action, you can find them in the State Department Photo Gallery. http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/pix/

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