International Affairs, History and the Art of Diplomacy
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Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building, formerly Dept of War, OEOB
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
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    Fact Sheet
    Office of the Spokesman
    Washington, DC

      Transforming the State Department to Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century

    The Secretary ... announced intended changes to refocus the Department
                                  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:
    Tenets > "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness"

    click here to read What's in your constitution?

    Comparative Constitutions:
    Similarities and Differences
    Constitution of Japan | online copy: click here > 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."


    click here to read

Speech on conciliation with America,
March 22, 1775, Edmund Burke [libertydebate]

  ARTICLE: 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."

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US Dept of State, Dean Acheson hall
Former Sec of State Colin Powell
Foreign Affairs Day 2003


historical landmark


Eisenhower EOB

    " patria, mori."

Wreath laying ceremony - honor guard.

May 9, 2003   (all photos by: J.Quinn)

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The DG and Sec
Sec of State

Photography from the Archives

    Digital photos...

    US Dept of State, May 7, 2004

    A "Capitol View" from Main State

    Capitol View from Main State

    Colin Powell

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        8th Floor terrace, Main State, May 2004


    8th floor Diplomatic Reception Room,
    Main State, Washington DC

            Changing times

    8th Floor terrace, Main State

    Read: State Magazine (pdf)

        The writing desk (seen in the middle background of the above photo) belonged to Thomas Jefferson.

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2005 Special Honoree

Special Honoree 2005
Ambassador Thomas Pickering

Honoree, Nancy Ely-Raphel - Save the Children


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
2004 DG Cup for the Civil Service
Foreign Service Cup awardee
Ambassador Clyde D. Taylor (l)

Supporting the Foreign Service of the United States
Read the story: State Magazine

    Main State
    The State Department
    and the Press, Richard Boucher
    Department Spokesman,
    Assistant Secretary of State
    for Public Affairs
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Department Spokesman
    Richard Boucher
    photo: Dean Acheson Hall,
    Main State, Washington, DC
Public Affairs

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.

May 4, 2007 US Dept. of State

  photo: Federal Hall-NYC

"Famous People"

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."

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"Historic Figures"

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State Department Art Collection

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State Department Art Collection

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Jefferson memorial

Thomas Jefferson portrait, State Department Art Collection
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Declaration of Independence

State Department Art Collection
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photos from: US Dept. of State 8th floor diplomatic reception room

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It's a beautiful thing.

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US Constitution, Declaration of Independence,
Bill of Rights and Pledge of Allegiance

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    Our Elk Outfit at the Ford

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    Horse Shoe Fall, Niagra

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    Twilight, Lake Tahoe

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    "Appeal to the Great Spirit"

                                                                                                    Art reflecting life.

                                                                                                    Places and people.

Academy of Diplomacy

US Dept of State, Hall of Flags

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Names of US diplomats who have
lost their lives in the line of duty.

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      American Diplomacy Publishers, a not-for-profit organization,
      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)
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    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 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.

Foreign Service Youth Foundation - click here to learn more          

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

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Manhattan viewed from Forest Hills

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