Education Resources

The work of the State Department and diplomacy affects everyone, everyday. Discover more about the State Department and the work of U.S. diplomats by exploring below.

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.

Who is the Secretary of State?
The Secretary of State, appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate, is the President’s chief foreign affairs adviser.

Explore the map to learn more about how the work of the State Department impacts U.S. states.

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.

Diplomats’ roles and responsibilities are immensely varied.

Where do U.S. diplomats work?
An embassy is the headquarters for U.S. Government representatives serving in a foreign country.

Use the map to discover more about each U.S. embassy.

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:

Student worksheet for diplomacy videos

 Explore more about how U.S. diplomats work on global issues through these sets of expert videos:

Wildlife Trafficking

Learn about the impact of illegal trafficking on endangered species and the global economy.


Understand the severity of the refugee crisis and how international stakeholders respond.

Oceans and Fisheries

Discover the importance of fish as a food source and sustainable fishing practices.


Learn how freshwater is a vital resource that is often a point of conflict between nations.

Counterfeit Trade

Find out how counterfeit trade destabilize economies and support criminal organizations.

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

Practice Diplomacy

Would you like to step into the role of a diplomat, and negotiate with international partners to solve a global problem? Try NMAD’s FREE Diplomacy Simulation Program:
What are the simulations?
How do I facilitate one?