NMAD's resources for learning and teaching diplomacy.

Resources to help educators teach diplomacy.

The National Museum of American Diplomacy’s education programs equip students to tackle the 21st-century challenges facing our country and the world. They reveal the complexity of international issues and the role that the U.S. State Department and diplomacy play in protecting the security and prosperity of Americans at home and abroad.

Apply to NMAD’s Summer 2022 Teacher Workshop

The National Museum of American Diplomacy Summer 2022 Teacher Workshop: Preparing Students for College, Career, and Civic Life with Diplomacy Skills will immerse teachers in the work of the U.S. Department of State and the skills of diplomacy. Teachers will:

  • Interact with State Department subject matter experts and diplomats to discuss the skills and tools they use in their work at home and abroad to address pressing global issues;
  • Participate in a NMAD Diplomacy Simulation and training to facilitate simulations with students;
  • Explore NMAD exhibits, resources, and collections to enhance classroom instruction; and
  • Create plans to incorporate American diplomatic history and practice into their curriculum and guide their students to use the skills of diplomacy in their own lives.

Historic Diplomacy Simulations

NMAD is happy to announce the addition of three new diplomacy simulations through the Historical Diplomacy Simulation Program. 

Our diplomacy simulations help participants engage in the art and practice of diplomacy. Instead of hypothetical scenarios, these diplomacy simulations are based on true, historical events. Through history, students are able to learn about the role that U.S. diplomats and the State Department play in international conflicts. The Historical Diplomacy Simulation Program is a project with the Una Chapman Cox Foundation as part of the initiative on American Diplomacy and Foreign Service, and developed along with partners National History Day and George Mason University’s Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. The three new historic simulations are:

Barbary Pirates Hostage Crisis: Negotiating Tribute and Trade
Spanish-American Conflict of 1898: Treaties and Self-Determination
Suez Canal Crisis: National Sovereignty versus International Access to Waterways

What is diplomacy?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Learn more about who diplomats are and their different roles and responsibilities.

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

Learn more about what is an embassy and browse our map explorer to discover more about each U.S. embassy.

Practice Diplomacy

Would you like to step into the role of a diplomat, and negotiate with international partners to solve a global problem? Explore NMAD’s free diplomacy simulation materials.

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Diplomatic Simulation Expert Videos

What are these diplomacy topics about? Watch our expert videos designed for students. These videos are to be used alongside our diplomacy simulations. Explore our simulations.

Wildlife Trafficking

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

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 destabilizes economies and supports criminal organizations.


Learn about the challenges associated with the peacebuilding process in Darfur.


Learn about how U.S. diplomats and other global leaders work to protect refugees and migrants to prevent future migration crises.

Diplomatic Dictionary

Terms commonly used in diplomacy and international affairs.

Stories about Diplomacy

Explore stories about people and artifacts in our collection.

Online Exhibits about Diplomacy

Use these online exhibits to teach diplomacy concepts and events in your classroom.

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The Berlin Wall

An interactive timeline telling the story of the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall.

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Dayton Accords

Telling the story of the Dayton Peace Accords that ended the Bosnia-Herzegovina war.

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Her Diplomacy

Read the stories of women diplomats that made a difference in diplomacy.

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Diplomacy Is Our Mission

Discover the work of our nation’s diplomats.

Diplomacy Classroom

Watch our series of virtual events on topics in diplomacy.