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        Who is a Diplomat?

        Use this media gallery to learn about the varied roles of U.S. diplomats in embassies and consulates around the world and at the U.S. Department of State. Diplomats have a clear mission—to carry out the foreign policy of the President and to represent the political and economic interests of the Untied States. Conducting foreign policy is a complex business requiring the hard work of 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.

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        Deputy Chief of Mission Uganda: Virginia Blaser

        Deputy Chief of Mission in Kampala, Uganda, Virginia Blaser, chats with Karamajong Warriors. The perception that diplomats only meet with government officials is false. Most of their work involves meeting with members and institutions of the business community, NGOs, and civil society as well as the media, academe, and the artistic world to create links through common ideals and actions.

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        Public Diplomacy Officer in Libya

        This public affairs officer is addressing the Libyan media at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli. Public Diplomacy Officers build mutual understanding and support for U.S. policies by reaching directly to the public in foreign countries working with traditional and social media; websites; educational, cultural and sports programs, and all manner of people-to-people exchange. (Text Source: U.S. Diplomacy Center)

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        American Diplomat in Pakistan

        An American diplomat in Pakistan participates in Earth Day to raise environmental awareness.

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        Embassy Staff in Harare, Zimbabwe

        Embassy staff members help make bricks for a cooperative group in Hatcliffe Extension in Harare, Zimbabwe.

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