International Affairs, History and the Art of Diplomacy
Select links, informal observations and digital photos
detail: Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building
(former) Old Executive Office Building, White House complex
Art and History > It's a Beautiful Thing
The U.S. Executive Branch of Government
[firstgov.gov] and [loc.gov]
Fact Sheet The Secretary
... announced intended changes to refocus the Department
Office of the Spokesman
Transforming the State Department to Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century
on the President's mission to promote democracy.
Institutionalizing Democracy Promotion
The United States supports the growth of democratic movements and institutions
in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our
world. Functioning representative governments with the rule of law, economic
opportunity and other tenets of a free society do not make fertile recruiting
grounds for terrorists, do not produce massive outflows of refugees, do not
cause famine, and do not war with other democracies. Advancing freedom requires
comprehensive and tailored strategies to ensure that we are analyzing each
unique situation, learning from successful and unsuccessful transitions to
democracy, and using all of the tools at our disposal to address the many
facets of democratization.
"...we must use American diplomacy to help create a balance of power in the world that favors freedom."
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
US Constitutional principles >
"Congress shall make no law respecting
an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;
or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press;
or the right of the people peaceably to assemble,
and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
US Constitution: Translation - Japanese
Vox Populi > On The Third Branch of Government >
"It bears mentioning that an independent judiciary exists to protect the citizenry from tyranny. The failure of government to respect the independence of the judiciary is a key example in almost every society of the arrival of a totalitarian government.
When the judicial branch of government is unable to act without threat of reprisal from the legislative and executive branch of government, we tread into extremely dangerous waters. Congress and the president should move to protect the judiciary,
as opposed to continuously throwing veiled threats and outright accusations."
From Online Encyclopedia: wikipedia.org
Tenets > "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness"
What's in your constitution?
Similarities and Differences
Constitution of Japan | online copy: click here
Wikipedia.org > Constitution of Iraq
The Texas Constitution
article 1, section 2:
"All political power is inherent in the people, and all
free governments are founded on their authority,
and instituted for their benefit. The faith
of the people of Texas stands pledged to the
preservation of a republican form of government,
and, subject to this limitation only,
they have at all times the inalienable right to alter,
reform or abolish their government
in such manner as they may think expedient."
Speech on conciliation with America,
March 22, 1775, Edmund Burke [libertydebate]
Entr'acte: Videoletters - Knitting loose ends in Balkans
Alan Riding International Herald Tribune - THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2005
"...the Dutch couple embarked on "Videoletters," an extraordinary project
intended to further reconciliation among people from the former Yugoslavia who had once been friends
and who had been separated and even alienated by the bloody nationalist conflict."
click photo to see image (91kb)
US Dept of State, Dean Acheson hall
Former Sec of State Colin Powell
Foreign Affairs Day 2003
"...pro patria, mori."
Wreath laying ceremony - honor guard.
May 9, 2003 (all photos by: J.Quinn)
click on images to see larger version
Photography from the Archives
US Dept of State, May 7, 2004
A "Capitol View" from Main State
"A word from the site sponsor..."
Sefco Export means...
8th floor Diplomatic Reception Room,
Main State, Washington DC
Read: State Magazine (pdf)
The writing desk (seen in the middle background of the above photo) belonged to Thomas Jefferson.
click on the image to see close up
Special Honoree 2005
Ambassador Thomas Pickering
Special Honoree 2004
Ambassador Nancy Ely-Raphel,
Vice President and Managing Director, Development Programs,
Save the Children
...with State Department
Director General W. Robert Pearson
Ambassador Clyde D. Taylor (l)
Supporting the Foreign Service of the United States
Read the story:
The State Department
and the Press, Richard Boucher
Assistant Secretary of State
for Public Affairs
|click image to see larger image|
photo: Dean Acheson Hall,
Main State, Washington, DC
Richard Boucher (May 2005)
exiting the stage, making way
for the next up to bat...
"Next Batter Up..."
Nick Burns, speaks at Dept of State
Foreign Affairs Day 2007.
CLICK HERE TO SEE SLIDE SHOW
May 4, 2007 US Dept. of State
May 29, 2003
- (editorialist) "Folks, I'm going to digress a bit today and wish Bob Hope a happy
100th birthday. Though born in Britain, he's the only civilian ever named an
honorary veteran of the U.S. armed forces. He may be the funniest comedian ever.
And brought a bit of joy and excitement to millions of GI's in harm's way for 50
years. He loved our soldiers - and they loved him. Congratulations, Bob! And
many happy returns."
[comments excerpted from: insightmag.com]
"Historic Figures" |
Thomas Jefferson click photo for larger image
click above image for closer view
To see very large version (376kb)
photos from: US Dept. of State 8th floor diplomatic reception room
Places and people.
American Diplomacy Publishers, a not-for-profit organization,
publishes American Diplomacy,
available free to all internet users.
"Our goal is to publish thoughtful articles on international issues, to support efforts to
strengthen the American Foreign Service, and to promote understanding of the challenges of
diplomatic life abroad through the memoirs of U.S. Foreign Service personnel and their families.
Among our contributors are American diplomats, both active and retired,
as well as distinguished academicians."
Coming soon at the State Department
National Museum of American Diplomacy
"The Department has also dedicated space in the renovated wing for a museum of American diplomacy, a place for learning and inspiration, dedicated to exploring the history, practice, and challenges of American diplomacy. It will engage visitors in learning how American diplomacy builds bridges among nations and people, in exploring the vital role it has played in the shaping of our nation, and understanding its importance to every person every day. The Museum will bring to life the dramatic and moving stories of the people who have dedicated their lives to American diplomacy."
(image/author: US Dept of State)
related subject sites:
"TELLING OUR STORY: THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN DIPLOMACY"afsa.org]
THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS MUSEUM COUNCIL
IS WORKING TO ESTABLISH THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE VISITOR CENTER
AND NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN DIPLOMACY IN MAIN STATE.
FOREIGN AFFAIRS MUSEUM
"There will be audio and video clips of first-person accounts, and opportunities to relate the economic, social,
educational,environmental and tax profile of each state to treaties, cultural programs, sister-city programs,
commercial pacts and other aspects ofdiplomacy. A theater in the Visitor Center and Museum will create an immersion
experience for the audience, providing a sense of the commitment, courage and resourcefulness of those serving in the
diplomatic community. Classrooms will enable the Visitor Center and Museum to pursue robust education and outreach programs.
The Visitor Center and Museum will have a dedicated area commemorating those who have fallen in the line of duty.
An adjacent conference center and auditorium — a rebuilt and expanded East Auditorium — will feature lectures, discussions and
performances. The Foreign Affairs Museum Council has already collected $1.25 million in seed money toward an estimated
$25 million in private funds needed for the project. It is a tall order to fill, but providing a permanent home from which to
showcase American diplomacy to the public is a concept well worth the effort. Those who would like to know more about this project
and how they can help make it happen can call (202) 736-9040 or e-mail USDC@state.gov. If we work together on this, offering ideas,
artifacts and funds for building the exhibits, we can respond to Sen. Mathias’ directive by saying with satisfaction, “We did it.”
All living former Secretaries of State are honorary directors of the museum.
The US Dept. of State: Careers Representing America
See our classified advertisement in "Foreign Service Journal"
and the many links, showcased on our "Government Resources" page.
Slideshow: Foreign Affairs Day 2007
Visit more of our online digital photo galleries
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