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"The Diplomatic Life"

South Carolina Political Collections Gallery, Hollings Library
Apr 29, 2014 - Sep 1, 2014


Diplomacy is widely understood as the art of using interpersonal skills such as tact, discretion, and negotiation. In the sphere of international relations — also identified by the term “diplomacy” — the forces of cooperation, compromise, coercion, and mediation are always at work. A famous quote about diplomacy, “Speak softly and carry a big stick,” is symbolic of the need to balance a variety of tactics. While official diplomacy is always influenced by representatives in the legislative and executive branches, this work is officially the domain of the diplomatic corps: negotiators and delegates, foreign service officers, and ambassadors, all representing their country in a multitude of ways.

In "The Diplomatic Life," we examine the lives of six individuals navigating different avenues of American diplomatic service: James Richards, Paul Kattenburg, John West, Dixie Walker, Rita Derrick Hayes, and David Wilkins. We explore the realities and challenges of ambassadorial appointments to the varied destinations of Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Canada, along with the ups and downs of a diplomatic career in the U.S. Foreign Service, the skillful negotiations of a U.S. Representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO), and a unique assignment as a Special Assistant to the President on a Middle East mission in the 1950s.

"The Diplomatic Life" is free and open to the public 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday through September 1 in the South Carolina Political Collections Gallery in the Hollings Library. The Hollings LIbrary is accessed through Thomas Cooper Library. For more information, call the Hollings Library at (803) 777-3847.

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