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250 words from the domain of diplomacy

September 8, 2012
The vocabulary of diplomacy
abrogate
His government has abrogated constitutional amendments curbing presidential powers, which were introduced after the Orange Revolution.
New York Times (Aug 5, 2011)
accession
Accession negotiations are expected to take about 10 years.
BBC (May 8, 2012)
accord
After weeks of negotiation, agreement was reached and the accords were signed, later leading directly to the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty of 1979.
accreditation
Their alleged status is said to have been disclosed in an accreditation check by G4S.
The Guardian (Jul 18, 2012)
acknowledge
Napoleon also refused to acknowledge diplomatic immunity, imprisoning several British diplomats accused of scheming against France.
adhere
Lee also urged North Korea to adhere to UN resolutions aimed at deterring Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions.
Reuters (Aug 15, 2012)
adversary
Diplomatic distance in public between our nations emboldens Israel’s adversaries.”
New York Times (Jul 30, 2012)
adviser
The oldest treatise on statecraft and diplomacy, Arthashastra, is attributed to Kautilya (also known as Chanakya)[citation needed], who was the principal adviser to Chandragupta Maurya, the founder of the Maurya dynasty who ruled in the 3rd century BC, (whose capital was Patliputra, today's Patna, the chief city of Bihar state).
agency
If discovered, these diplomats can be expelled from an embassy, but for the most part counter-intelligence agencies prefer to keep these agents in situ and under close monitoring.
agent
If discovered, these diplomats can be expelled from an embassy, but for the most part counter-intelligence agencies prefer to keep these agents in situ and under close monitoring.
alliance
From the Battle of Baideng (200 BC) to the Battle of Mayi (133 BC), the Han Dynasty was forced to uphold a marriage alliance and pay an exorbitant amount of tribute (in silk, cloth, grain, and other foodstuffs) to the powerful northern nomadic Xiongnu that had been consolidated by Modu Shanyu.
ally
However, a great deal of diplomacy in establishing allies, bartering land, and signing peace treaties was necessary for each warring state, and the idealized role of the "persuader/diplomat" developed.[2]
ambassador
Portraits of Periodical Offering, a 6th-century Chinese painting portraying various emissaries; ambassadors depicted in the painting ranging from those of Hephthalites, Persia to Langkasuka, Baekje(part of the modern Korea), Qiuci, and Wo (Japan).
annex
announce
appeasement
arbitration
Nations sometimes resort to international arbitration when faced with a specific question or point of contention in need of resolution.
attache
For instance, the job of military attachés includes learning as much as possible about the military of the nation to which they are assigned.
autonomous
A state's ability to practice diplomacy has been one of the underlying defining characteristics of an autonomous state.
barter
However, a great deal of diplomacy in establishing allies, bartering land, and signing peace treaties was necessary for each warring state, and the idealized role of the "persuader/diplomat" developed.[2]
bestow
A high rank was bestowed upon them in order to present a sense of legitimacy with regards to their presence.
betray
bilateral
border
Diplomatic communications are also viewed as sacrosanct, and diplomats have long been allowed to carry documents across borders without being searched.
boycott
breach
While there have been a number of cases where diplomats have been killed, this is normally viewed as a great breach of honour.
broker
DOJ is involved in brokering a deal between two online poker giants.
BusinessWeek (Jul 31, 2012)
cartography
Both diplomats secured the rightful borders of the Song Dynasty through knowledge of cartography and dredging up old court archives.
channel
In some situations, such as between the United States and the People's Republic of China a large amount of diplomacy is done through semi-formal channels using interlocutors such as academic members of thinktanks.
charisma
client
collaboration
But if you look at the institutions involved in this massive undertaking  it’s clearly an international collaboration.
Scientific American (Aug 22, 2012)
collective
League of Nations
collective
compliance
Arms-control treaties would be impossible without the power of reconnaissance satellites and agents to monitor compliance.
conciliatory
In an apparent conciliatory gesture, Saudi state TV showed King Abdullah welcoming leaders with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at his side.
BBC (Aug 15, 2012)
condemnation
conduct
But with limited resources at their disposal, conducting effective diplomacy poses unique challenges for small states.[8]
[edit]Diplomatic training institutions
conflict
Already, there are examples of how resource riches can spark conflict.
New York Times (Sep 9, 2012)
confront
Others said that Mr. Ban could surprise critics by confronting or embarrassing Ayatollah Khamenei and his subordinates over their anti-Semitic statements.
New York Times (Aug 23, 2012)
conquer
The revolution would see commoners take over the diplomacy of the French state, and of those conquered by revolutionary armies.
conspiracy
Other posts focus on conspiracy theories related to 9/11 and talk of an upcoming revolution.
The Guardian (Aug 29, 2012)
consular
consulate
convention
Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations
counterpart
"In the framework of diplomatic relations it was customary for Byzantine emperors and Muslim rulers, especially the 'Abbāsids and the Fātimids, as well as for Muslim rulers between themselves, to exchange precious gifts, with which they attempted to impress or surpass their counterparts," remarks David Jacoby, in the context of the economics of silk in cultural exchange among Byzantium, Islam and the Latin West:[4] merchants accompanied emissaries, who often traveled on commercial ships.
courtesy
Amenities were added to cater to military travelers, including weekly barbecues, courtesy shuttles, full-time concierges and free laundry facilities and DVD rentals.
New York Times (Jun 13, 2012)
covert
On almost every front in a wide-ranging covert war with Israel and the United States, Iran appears to be suffering major setbacks.
Newsweek (Aug 7, 2012)
credential
Local analysts say that playing up the "colonial" angle helps burnish Correa's anti-U.S. credentials and could lift his ratings.
Reuters (Aug 22, 2012)
crisis
Even so seemingly modern a crisis as Europe's financial woes is an expression of timeless geography.
Wall Street Journal (Sep 8, 2012)
cunning
In the 11th century during the Song Dynasty (960–1279), there were cunning ambassadors such as Shen Kuo and Su Song who achieved diplomatic success with the Liao Dynasty, the often hostile Khitan neighbor to the north.

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Saturday September 8th 2012, 10:05 PM
Comment by: RG
I recommend this list to advanced learners of English, would-be diplomats or interpreters.
Monday November 26th 2012, 7:21 AM
Comment by: Rahul B.
Thanks for domain oriented vocab list. I was looking for this kind of lists.

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