“Diplomacy is . . .
the application of intelligence and tact to the conduct of official relations between governments.”
— Ernest Satow
the art of saying ‘Nice doggie’ till you can find a rock.”
— Wynn Catlin
the art of relating states to each other by agreement rather than by the exercise of force.”
— Henry A. Kissinger
the continuation of war by other means.”
— Zhou Enlai
the management of the relations between independent
states by the process of negotiation.”
— Harold Nicolson
the police in grand costume.”
With its first edition in 1994, The Diplomat’s Dictionary quickly became a classic reference book, offering professionals and enthusiasts practical information, witty insights, and words of wisdom on the art and practice of diplomacy. The expanded second edition contains 476 new entries, including definitions for selected up-to-date terminology and hundreds of additional quotations from across cultures and centuries. Mediators, foreign policy officials, ambassadors, speechwriters, academics, and legislators alike are guaranteed to be inspired and entertained by this unique collection of definitions and quotations.
Chas. W. Freeman, Jr., has been a career officer in the U.S. Foreign Service, ambassador to Saudi Arabia during the Persian Gulf War, and assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs. He was a fellow at the United States Institute of Peace in 1994-95 and is the author of Arts of Power: Statecraft and Diplomacy (USIP Press) and Diplomat's Dictionary (USIP Press).