The U.S. Diplomacy Center – an office in the Bureau of Public Affairs, U.S. Department of State has launched a new interactive website to introduce the world of diplomacy and the work of the Department to high school and college students. Through the use of video clips, audio tracks, images and interactive components the site, found at http://diplomacy.state.gov/discoverdiplomacy, covers the basic questions about diplomacy: who engages in it and where, as well as an exploration of the range of international issues addressed through the diplomatic process.
The site opens the cyber-doors of the Department of State and is designed to reach untapped audiences nationally; it is a primer for groups seeking to learn more about diplomacy and the U.S. Department of State. Educators who teach American History, Social Studies, Economics, Geography or International Relations will find the site an important resource tool and learning instrument in the classroom. It will also be useful to individuals planning visits to the Department for briefings or tours, and to embassies and consulates throughout the world.
The homepage takes important questions such as “Who practices diplomacy?” and then follows them with a series of images that challenge traditional notions of what diplomats do or the fields they represent. In the Diplomacy 101 section, viewers can explore how the work of the Department’s Foreign Service Officers affects every person, every day, or how American Embassies around the world engage with foreign nations. Users navigate a world map in The Explorer section to investigate where U.S. diplomats work, what issues the Department addresses on a daily basis, and who the Department serves. The website also provides educational resources, a Diplomatic Dictionary, and a guide for interested students on how to engage in diplomacy today. An introductory webinar for educators will take place on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 4:00PM EST at www.globalschoolnet.org/discoverdiplomacy/index.cfm
Http://diplomacy.state.gov/discoverdiplomacy is one of the vital mechanisms through which the U.S. Diplomacy Center plans to pursue its mission of serving as a unique place to explore the history, practice, and challenges of U.S. diplomacy.