What is diplomacy?
Is it solving problems? (U.S. Special Envoy Scott Gration in Juba, Southern Sudan, to witness the initialing of the bilateral agreement between Sudan Governor Malik Agar and Presidential Advisor Dr. Ghazi Salahuddin in support of Comprehensive Peace Agreement implementation on August 19, 2009.)
Is it avoiding wars? (Tens of thousands of doves with a message of peace and unity are released by Catholic devotees during a prayer rally Sunday, March 7, 1999 at Manila's Rizal Park to urge the government and communist rebels to resume the peace talks and prevent new fightings. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez))
Who practices diplomacy?
Is it men in pin-striped suits? (The German delegation at their table studying documents in the conference hall during the session on the Euratom agreements in Venice, Italy, May 29, 1956. (AP Photo/Raoul Fornezza))
Is it jazz musicians performing in other countries? (Jazz great Louis Armstrong plays a child's trumpet as he receives a warm welcome in Dusseldorf, Germany, Oct. 13, 1952. His wife Lucille is at right. Over the years, Armstrong became America's unofficial ambassador of jazz. (AP Photo))
Where does diplomacy take place?
Is it in conference rooms? (A view of the main conference room during one of a two-day Euro Atlantic Security meeting, which started on Thursday, June 28, 2007 in the Macedonian city of Ohrid. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski))
Is it on basketball courts? (U.S. Embassy Jakarta has brought NBA star Sam Perkins and WBNA star Sue Wicks to Indonesia as part of the U.S. Department of State's sports envoy program.)
What does diplomacy help to solve?
Is it disagreements between countries? (An armistice commission meeting between the United Nations command and communist North Korea broke up when the communist delegation resorted to an unusual walkout in Seoul on Friday, April 15, 1967. (AP Photo))
Is it world hunger? (In conjunction with the American Red Cross, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Kristie Kenney, center, delivers relief aid for fire victims inside a local elementary school, in suburban Manila, Philippines, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009. (AP Photo/Mike Alquinto))
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