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  • George McCartney, 1st Earl MaCartney (1737 - 1806)
    George Macartney, 1st Earl Macartney, KB (14 May 1737 – 31 May 1806) was a British statesman, colonial administrator and diplomat. He is often remembered for his observation following Britain's success...
  • Fitzpatrick Henry Vernon, 2nd Baron Lyveden (1824 - 1900)
    Obituary: Fitzpatrick Henry Vernon, 2nd Baron Lyveden (27 April 1824 – 25 February 1900) was a British peer and Liberal Party politician. Biography Vernon was born in 1824, the eldest son of ...
  • Władysław Wróblewski (1875 - 1951)
    Władysław Wróblewski (Polish pronunciation: [vwaˈdɨswaf vruˈblɛfskʲi]; 21 March 1875, Kraków – 19 August 1951, Łódź) was a Polish szlachcic, politician, scientist, diplomat and lawyer. He is notable as...
  • Vollrath Eduard Otto Hermann von Maltzan (1899 - 1967)
    Vollrath von Maltzan Freiherr von Wartenberg und Penzlin (22 December 1899 – 22 December 1967) was West German ambassador to France from 1955 to 1958. Vollrath von Maltzan belonged to a long line of ...
  • Admiral John Pascoe Grenfell (1800 - 1869)
    GRENFELL, JOHN PASCOE (1800-1869), admiral in the Brazilian navy, born at Battersea on 20 Sept 1800,was a son of J. G. Grenfell and nephew of Pascoe Grenfell [q. v.] When eleven years old he entered ...

Diplomats

Pictured Right:Sir Thomas Elyot was an English diplomat and scholar (1490-1546)

A diplomat is a person appointed by a state to conduct diplomacy with one or more other states or international organizations. The main functions of diplomats are representation and protection of the interests and nationals of the sending state, initiation and facilitation of strategic agreements, treaties and conventions, as well as the promotion of information, trade and commerce, technology and friendly relations. Seasoned diplomats of international repute are used in international organisations (e.g. United Nations) as well as multinational companies for their experience in management and negotiating skills. Diplomats are members of foreign services and diplomatic corps of various nations of the world.

Diplomats are the oldest form of any of the foreign policy institutions of the state, predating by centuries foreign ministers and ministerial offices. They usually have diplomatic immunity.

Status and public image

Diplomats have generally been considered members of an exclusive and prestigious profession. The public image of diplomats has been described as "a caricature of pinstriped men gliding their way around a never-ending global cocktail party".[12] J. W. Burton has noted that "despite the absence of any specific professional training, diplomacy has a high professional status, due perhaps to a degree of secrecy and mystery that its practitioners self-consciously promote."[13] The state supports the high status, privileges and self-esteem of its diplomats in order to support its own international status and position.

The high regard for diplomats is also due to most countries' conspicuous selection of diplomats, with regard to their professionalism and ability to behave according to a certain etiquette, in order to effectively promote their interests. Also, international law grants diplomats extensive privileges and immunities, which further distinguishes the diplomat from the status of an ordinary citizen.