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Diplomacy at a Glance
What is the mission of the U.S. Department of State?
The mission of the Department of State is to represent America’s foreign policy abroad, and to advance the interests and security of the American people.
What are the pillars of American diplomacy?
The United States works closely with other governments, international organizations and local institutions to promote security, prosperity, democracy, and economic development.
How does the U.S. Department of State engage with other countries?
While the traditional role of diplomacy remains the daily interaction of Embassy officers with officials and agencies of the host government, public diplomacy has become more and more vital in an age of instant communication.
Who are U.S. diplomats and what do they do?
U.S. diplomats use personal relationships with officials and citizens of the hosting country to advocate for U.S. interests, to work together on common causes, and to explain U.S. society and values.
Where do U.S. diplomats work?
An embassy is the headquarters for U.S. Government representatives serving in a foreign country.
What do terms used to conduct and practice diplomacy mean?
Explore the diplomatic dictionary.
Use our Discussion Questions, Activities and Additional Resources to facilitate understanding of these concepts.
Explore the four videos below to explore more about U.S. diplomats and why their work is important:
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Dig deeper with online exhibits!
Find out more about diplomacy and its role in history through these topics:
Berlin Wall Interactive Timeline
Diplomacy Is Our Mission: Themes of American Diplomacy
Faces of Diplomacy
The Great Seal