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Coda: Ten Questions for a Diplomat

Authors
  • Weisbrode, Kenneth
Type
Published Article
Journal
New Global Studies
Publisher
De Gruyter
Publication Date
Aug 05, 2017
Volume
11
Issue
2
Pages
151–155
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1515/ngs-2017-0019
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
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Abstract

Thomas Niles served as a United States foreign service officer from 1962 to 1998. His service included three terms as ambassador: to Canada, the European Community, and Greece. He reflects here on the continuities in the diplomatic profession, and, in particular, on embassies, during a period of notable historic change. While many of the protocols and responsibilities of embassies remained more or less the same as they had been for over a century, there were hints that those, too, were about to change in unforeseen ways, even calling into question the central role of embassies as representing and serving the nation-state, as the other articles in this issue discuss. Nevertheless, to this ambassador, at least, even dramatic changes in technology, politics, and culture rarely happen all at once; and the institutions and the people adapting to them may be more cautious or durable than they sometimes appear in retrospect.

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