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    What is Diplomacy and How Does it Work?

    Diplomacy is the art and practice of building and maintaining relationships and conducting negotiations with people using tact and mutual respect. Through a hypothetical example,…

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    How does diplomacy help Americans prosper? Diplomacy helps expand America’s economy and creates jobs at home and abroad. In today’s global economy, Americans are more…

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    1860 Japanese Embassy Medal

    In the 1850s, after more than 200 years of self-imposed isolation, Japan opened up to trade dialogues with the United States and western Europe. The first Japanese delegation to the United States arrived in Washington, D.C. in 1860. They delivered a trade agreement, negotiated by Commodore Matthew Perry, which opened select Japanese…

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    Printing of 1778 Treaties with France

    The Treaties of Amity and Commerce and of Alliance were arguably the single most important diplomatic success of the colonists during the Revolutionary War. Signed in Paris on February 6, 1778, they created an alliance with France that was crucial to American victory in the conflict. Benjamin Franklin, Silas Deane, and Arthur…

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    Diplomacy Classroom: Consequences of the Suez Canal Crisis of 1956

    October 12, 2021


    How do decisions by diplomats impact the future? In this segment of Diplomacy Classroom, we learned about the 1956 Suez Canal Crisis, the diplomats involved, and the long-term impact that the event had on the world. We will be joined by Dr. Tizoc Chavez, who served as the consulting historian for one…

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    Diplomacy Classroom: The Barbary Pirates Hostage Crisis

    December 14, 2021


    What did diplomacy look like in the years of the early American republic? In this segment of Diplomacy Classroom, we learned about the aftermath and consequences of one of the United States’ first international trade and hostage crises. In 1793 North African Barbary pirates captured 11 American ships and 100 citizens, and…