The Role and Power of U.S. Diplomats
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United Nations Department of Political Affairs - Overview

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Diplomats try to prevent disputes escalating into warfare and to limit these conflicts when they occur. This is called prevented diplomacy. Diplomatic representatives will go to the areas in crisis to start commutations to avert the crisis peacefully. Diplomats also try to increase education, health, poverty and peace throughout the world’s nations. Foreign officers help nations conduct fair elections and educate people against terrorists. American diplomats try to spread the idea of democracy and freedom to other nations. The United Nations play a key role in aiding diplomats with their missions for example starting schools in impoverished nations. The United States diplomats help disperse medical care such as vaccinations for polio. The role of a diplomat goes beyond the work of a conference room since they work closely with their host nations on a personal level, and they are involved with the community. Foreign officers must be respectful, courteous, tolerant of the nation’s cultures and beliefs

 

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Siobhan Kiernan's comment, April 3, 2014 3:16 PM
I am not one who is very interested in politics. In fact I prefer avoiding the overall topic. Due to this, I'm not very educated in that part of society. After reading your scoop I not only learned something's, but found it re
Siobhan Kiernan's comment, April 3, 2014 3:18 PM
-rather interesting.I know understand some part of a diplomats job,criteria, and essential parts.
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Globalization & International relations - Diplomat magazine

Globalization & International relations - Diplomat magazine | The Role and Power of  U.S. Diplomats | Scoop.it
By Javier Vallaure, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain. Globalization and its impact on international relations: challenges and opportunities for XXI century diplomacy.  The nation-states system which was inaugurated by the Peace of Westphalia (1648) belongs to the past. Globalization is eroding the central role of the state, highlighting the growing interdependence of international society. Nowadays, no state alone is capable of responding effectively to current transnational challenges, such as climate change, epidemics or security. Advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) are radically changing the speed of information and the way we relate. The importance of Western civilization in...
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The role of the diplomat has changed drastically overtime due to advancements in technology. A primary diplomatic function has always been for the diplomat to obverse events in the host country and report back to the president. Today, diplomats sometimes receive the news after the media has already confronted and published it. In the age of social media private citizens can publish information about political events, such as protests, in a matter of seconds. Never the less it is still a diplomat’s main ability to receive the official information from the government of the host country. Diplomacy as also evolved with the help of new transportation technologies because in the modern world it easy for one to travel from country to country in brief periods of time. Diplomats today are much more direct contact with foreign leaders. Diplomatic commutations no longer rely on messengers and slow transportation. Now, diplomatic relations are set at a faster pace since news can be easily and quickly shared via the Internet, and hopefully diplomats can speak to foreign leaders to avert crises.    

 

 

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A Day in a Life of a Diplomat

A Day in a Life of a Diplomat | The Role and Power of  U.S. Diplomats | Scoop.it
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 In the day-to-day life and work of a diplomat. Most of the work of a diplomat is to write and read reports, but time is also spent on aiding Americans abroad either on a personal level concerning a lost passport or on a business level, for example company wanting to obtain corporate affairs in a country, and, of course, representing America’s interests, and this is all managed within a 40 hour work week, not counting overtime. It is amazing all the tasks that diplomats must accomplish a brief week. Diplomats aboard are assigned periods of time, usually consisting a few years, in a host country, but placements can be easily changed since a diplomat could be withdrawn at any point in the stay. This is a perfect amount of time since the diplomat has enough time to thoroughly comprehend the nation’s customs and politics, but it is not too long that the diplomat will become disconnected with his own country. Diplomats also converse with the local government about various issues, observe their host country in detail, keep trade relations and write reports about the country. It is a daunting idea that one’s report of a country decides its relation with America since each report can affect a country’s relationship with the U.S. 

 

 

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Sofia Zalaquett's comment, April 3, 2014 9:27 PM
Your summary of a diplomat’s life is very accurate and I like that because it is not hard to understand. I really didn’t know what the diplomatic career was about, but now I understand it much better. What came to my mind after reading it was that being a diplomatic does not look like an easy job. You have to leave your country and that means probably a change in language and a completely new life. I feel this job is for the ones that are really passionate about it and they must have a lot of patience and be very responsible. That’s why Frances I totally see you being a diplomatic when you are older!! I think it is a hard, but unique career that opens a lot of doors to new and interesting things and I feel you would enjoy working as a one.
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How the US Uses Diplomacy in the European Union

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Nations will sometimes ban together to share diplomatic efforts. The European Union is one such example. Diplomacy is used in the E.U. to revolve financial disputes between countries that make up the union. The E.U. diplomats work together, for example to promote a European business to sell its products in the United States. These diplomats will work with American diplomats to try to negotiate trade agreements, business loans and other issues concerning the business at hand. Countries who ban together will be represented as one voice to negotiate with other diplomats outside of the union. Diplomacy would be difficult if each member of a federation or union spoke separately since each country will have its own interest and compete with each other. Unions help nations agree on causes, which will each country benefit from. In this way, a ‘commercial’ diplomacy turns the E.U. into one country with a common goal of helping European business and trading with other nations, for example the United States.  

 

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What are the roles of a diplomat?

What are the roles of a diplomat? | The Role and Power of  U.S. Diplomats | Scoop.it
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There are different kinds of diplomats. First, the highest-ranking diplomat is an ambassador; ambassadors are appointed by the president to represent the president in a foreign country. The ambassador is in charge of the foreign officers and staff who report to him/her. They are different kinds of foreign officers or diplomats such as Manage Officers, Economic Officers and Political Officers, and each of the officers are specialized in their own fields. For example, Political Officers keep the ambassador apprized of political issues in the host country while another kind of officer known as a Consulter Officer has the task of helping and protecting American citizens in the host country.   The officers work with officials in the host countries. Ambassadors and foreign officers are all diplomats; they each have different, specific jobs but with the same goal in mind, to represent the United States’ interests and beliefs. All of the officers are professionals trying to present in the best possible light. 

 

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