Inside a U.S. Embassy

Inside a U.S. Embassy: Diplomacy at Work, All-New Third Edition of the Essential Guide to the Foreign Service

Shawn Dorman EDITOR
Copyright Date: 2011
Pages: 280
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    Inside a U.S. Embassy
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    Inside a U.S. Embassyis widely recognized as the essential guide to the Foreign Service. This all-new third edition takes readers to more than fifty U.S. missions around the world, introducing Foreign Service professionals and providing detailed descriptions of their jobs and firsthand accounts of diplomacy in action. In addition to profiles of diplomats and specialists around the world-from the ambassador to the consular officer, the public diplomacy officer to the security specialist-is a selection from more than twenty countries of day-in-the-life accounts, each describing an actual day on the job. Personal reports from the field give a sense of the extraordinary challenges-the coups, the natural disasters, the civil wars-and rewards of representing America to the world.Inside a U.S. Embassyincludes new chapters on the highly competitive Foreign Service entrance process, Foreign Service life outside the embassy, and briefings on topics such as handling high-level visits and service in war zones.

    eISBN: 978-1-61234-467-6
    Subjects: Political Science
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  1. Front Matter (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents (pp. vii-xii)
  3. Introductory Section
  4. PART I Profiles: Who Works in an Embassy? (pp. 9-68)
    Shawn Dorman

    Owned and operated by the U.S. Department of State, American embassies located in capitals around the world serve as headquarters for the U.S. federal government overseas. Each embassy is led by an ambassador who is the personal representative of the U.S. president and reports to the Secretary of State. The ambassador leads the country team, which brings together all the federal agencies with representatives in the country. It takes a whole team to run an embassy, and ambassadors are backed up by professionals handling everything from press briefings to security; and from keeping the lights on to visiting Americans in...

  5. PART II Foreign Service Work and Life: Embassy, Employee, Family (pp. 69-118)
    Shawn Dorman

    Embassies are located in the capital city of each country with which the United States has official relations, and serve as headquarters for U.S. government representation overseas. U.S. consulates are ancillary government offices in cities other than the capital. American and local employees serving in U.S. embassies and consulates work under the leadership of an ambassador to conduct diplomatic relations with the host country.

    The Department of State is the lead agency for conducting U.S. diplomacy and the ambassador, appointed by the U.S. president, reports to the Secretary of State. Diplomatic relations among nations, including diplomatic immunity and the inviolability...

  6. PART III A Day in the Life of the Foreign Service: One-Day Journals (pp. 119-172)

    There are no typical days in the Foreign Service. One of the most challenging, and rewarding, aspects of Foreign Service work is that the activities of the job are intimately connected to the situation on the ground in the host country. If you’re the administrative officer and a coup occurs, your job can change in an instant from negotiating a building contract to implementing an evacuation plan. If you’re the political officer, you’ll go from a meeting with parliamentarians to covering demonstrations on the street. And if you’re the consular officer, you’ll go from interviewing visa applicants to networking with...

  7. PART IV The Foreign Service in Action: Tales from the Field (pp. 173-206)

    Foreign Service professionals work on the front lines of history. If something important happens in a country, the Foreign Service is there, keeping the U.S. government informed, protecting American interests and, where possible, playing a constructive role. Yet because the Foreign Service role in world affairs is often played behind the scenes, few know about the dangers faced and the skills and courage exhibited every day by Foreign Service employees serving overseas.

    In the aftermath of the 2004 Asian Tsunami, Consular Officer Mike Chadwick quickly converted his holiday in Thailand to a search endeavor to find and assist Americans amidst...

  8. PART V So You Want to Join the Foreign Service? (pp. 207-256)
    Shawn Dorman

    The United States Foreign Service carries a reputation as an elite and prestigious profession. This cachet has endured through the generations in part because of the mystique surrounding the difficult process candidates must traverse to gain entry to the career. There is strong attachment inside the Foreign Service to keeping this gateway challenging and meritocratic, so that passing the exams continues to be seen as a badge of honor for those who make it through.

    Over the past several decades, of the thousands who applied each year, only 2 to 3 percent have been offered a position, averaging 200 to...

  9. Appendix (pp. 257-265)
  10. Back Matter (pp. 266-268)


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