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    Accession

    The procedure by which a nation becomes a party to an agreement already in force between other nations.

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    Accords

    International agreements originally thought to be for lesser subjects than those covered by treaties, but now really treaties by a different name.

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    Agrément

    The host government's acceptance of the nomination of an ambassador to the country

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    Alliance

    A union formed for mutual benefit by two or more states to engage in cooperative action in specified circumstances

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    Ambassador

    The chief of a diplomatic mission; the ranking official diplomatic representative of a country to the country to which s/he is appointed, and the personal representative of his/her own head of state to the head of state of the host country. Ambassador is capitalized when referring to a specific person (i.e., Ambassador Smith)

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    Ambassador extraordinaire and plenipotentiary

    A diplomatic agent who is the personal representative of the head of one state accredited to the head of another state

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    American Presence Posts (APP)

    A special purpose overseas post with limited staffing and responsibilities, established as a consulate under the Vienna Convention. APPs are located cities outside the capital that are important but do not host a U.S. consulate. Typically these posts do not have any consular services on site, so the APP’s activities are limited or narrowly focused on priorities such as public outreach, business facilitation, and issue advocacy. Examples of American Presence Posts include: Bordeaux, France; Winnipeg, Canada; Medan, Indonesia and Busan, Korea.

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    Annexation

    The formal act of a state incorporating conquered foreign territory into its own jurisdiction. It is the forcible acquisition of a territory by one state at the expense of another done by either a unilateral declaration and the conquering of the territory or by the conclusion of a treaty.

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    Armistice

    An agreement made by opposing sides in a war to suspend hostilities for a certain time

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    Arms Control

    Arms Control refers to controlling the amount or nature of weapons-such as the number of nuclear weapons or the nature of their delivery vehicles -- a specific nation is allowed to have at a specific time.