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    Why do diplomats give gifts?

    At the U.S. Department of State, diplomatic gifts come in all shapes and sizes from woven straw baskets to precious gems. In ancient civilizations on…

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    Who issues your U.S. passport?

    Have you ever applied for a passport?  PASSPORT (noun): Derived from the French words “passer,” meaning to enter or leave, and “port,” a port or harbor,…

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    Who is the Secretary of State?

    The Secretary holds the most senior position in the President’s Cabinet. If the President were to resign or die, the Secretary of State is fourth…

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    Who is a diplomat?

    You may imagine diplomats are primarily professional men in pinstriped suits, sitting with other government officials in formal meeting rooms and negotiating peace agreements, threatening…

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    Who else can be a diplomat? Everyone!

    While the visible forms of diplomacy are carried out by government professionals, in reality, every American can practice diplomacy in everyday life. When businesspeople, teachers,…

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    What is a U.S. Embassy?

    An embassy is the headquarters for U.S. Government representatives serving in a foreign country. “Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made…

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    What is a U.S. Consulate?

    While the United States has only one embassy and one ambassador in the capital of any foreign country, in large countries it may have several…