Diplomacy is a key concept that students need to grasp as citizens of a global society. Various roles of U.S. diplomats exist in embassies and consulates around the world and at the U.S. Department of State. Yet, their mission is clear — to carry out the foreign policy of the President and to represent the country’s political and economic interests.
Conducting foreign policy is a complex business requiring the hard work of a team of people, including the President, Secretary of State, First Lady and Ambassadors, but a large part of it is done by mostly-unknown professional diplomats. There is a stereotype of the diplomat as a professional in a suit, sitting in a formal meeting room, negotiating peace, threatening war, or hammering out the terms of a treaty. However, that work is only a small part of their jobs. So what else do they do, and how does their work impact our daily lives – and the course of history?
Explore PBS LearningMedia’s Global Learning & Diplomacy Collection for lesson plans, video footage, documents and images you can use to teach your class more about the inner and outer workings of U.S diplomacy and foreign relations and its role in American life. Learn more: http://to.pbs.org/1lOyEe9