PROTOCOL, CUSTOMS, AND ETIQUETTE
25.05.2015 \ 14:17 Reads: 1403
Just when you think you have broken the international name code, they switch the rules on you. Take Latin America. Most people’s names are a combination of the father’s and mother’s, with only the father’s name used in conversation. In the Spanish-speaking countries the father’s name comes first. Hence, Carlos Mendoza-Miller is called Mr. Mendoza. But in Portuguese-speaking Brazil it is the other way round, with the mother’s name first.
OFFICIAL ENTERTAINMENT: TOASTS
27.06.2014 \ 15:14 Reads: 1444
"This custom dates back to the Middle Ages, when people were so distrustful of one another that they weren’t above poisoning anyone they perceived as an enemy. As a safeguard, drinkers first poured a bit of wine into each other’s glass, acting as mutual tasters.
15.05.2014 \ 00:54 Reads: 19684
Smoking is not considered acceptable inside or at a table almost everywhere in the United States.
RELIGION AND SEX: PROTOCOL AT ITS PINNACLE
05.04.2014 \ 00:00 Reads: 13346
If discussing politics is like playing with matches, transgressions in the areas of religion and sex are like playing with live hand grenades. Still, neither area can be ignored. Religion is often an important part of a culture. For Westerners, who are usually Christian-oriented, a respectful conversation about some of the other great religions of the world can be both illuminating and ingratiating.
PROTOCOL, CUSTOMS, AND ETIQUETTE (GROUND RULES)
23.03.2014 \ 00:01 Reads: 3863
Etiquette is really only a code to smooth the rough edges of social contacts between people of different nationalities or background. It defeats its own object if both parties are so worried about doing the right thing that they make one another uncomfortable. Most problems can be solved by common sense and common politeness.
PROTOCOL, CUSTOMS, AND ETIQUETTE (BASIC RULE #5)
14.03.2014 \ 12:25 Reads: 1451
Taking off one’s hat as a greeting has a long and complex background. Hat removal in history is full of waves and flourishes and all sorts of wiggles and waggles and wriggles of the head gear.
PROTOCOL, CUSTOMS, AND ETIQUETTE (BASIC RULE #4)
10.03.2014 \ 11:50 Reads: 1312
So much of diplomatic life is essentially theatrical, symbolic of the power and prestige of the country it represents. Diplomatic parties and the events diplomats attend are choreographed as carefully as any ritual drama, and dress is an essential part of the mystery.
PROTOCOL, CUSTOMS, AND ETIQUETTE (BASIC RULE #3)
06.03.2014 \ 12:46 Reads: 1437
Black tie, green tails. It was a very proper black-tie affair in Australia’s capital of Canberra. In a sea of ebony dinner jackets and starchy white shirtfronts bobbed a small riot of color – namely, the U.S. ambassador clad in dazzling pea green sports coat and multihued plaid trousers.
PROTOCOL, CUSTOMS, AND ETIQUETTE (Basic Rule #1)
19.02.2014 \ 02:52 Reads: 1605
Among the areas that cry out loudest for international understanding are how to say people’s names, eat, dress, and talk. Get those four basics right and the rest is a piece of kitchen.
DIPLOMATIC PROTOCOL, ETIQUETTE
10.02.2014 \ 23:33 Reads: 6574
One decade into the new millennium, we find ourselves immersed in an age of profound interdependence. The global economy and advancing technologies obscure borders and eclipse distances. Now more than ever, we must learn to live together, respecting our differences as we pursue our common goals.
THE RESPONSIBILITY OF INTELLECTUALS
16.01.2014 \ 15:36 Reads: 1293
Twenty years ago, Dwight Macdonald published a series of articles in Politics of the responsibilities of peoples, and specifically of intellectuals. I read them as an undergraduate, in the years just after the war, and had occasion to read them again a few months ago. They seem to me to have lost none of their power or persuasiveness, Macdonald is concerned with the question of war guilt. To what extent were the German or the Japanese people responsible for the atrocities committed by their governments?
DIPLOMAT’S TOOLBOX RESOURCES AND ASSETS
26.10.2013 \ 00:35 Reads: 2030
Diplomats can underestimate their potential impact in contributing to the self-confidence and success of civil society.
THE MODERN DIPLOMAT. MARC GROSSMAN
04.10.2013 \ 22:22 Reads: 2059
The State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development are benefiting from a welcome, long-overdue infusion of talent, thanks in large part to the efforts of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell.