On July 27, 1789, the new government of the United States established its first federal agency, the Department of Foreign Affairs, led by the Secretary of State. The first Secretary of State was Thomas Jefferson. Today, this agency is known as the Department of State.The State Department is responsible for international relations and American diplomacy. Diplomacy is the art and science of maintaining peaceful relationships between nations, groups, or individuals. Often, diplomacy refers to representatives of different groups discussing such issues as conflict, trade, the environment, technology, or security.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry conflict Noun
a disagreement or fight, usually over ideas or procedures.
Department of State Noun
department of U.S. government responsible for international relations, whose mission is to "Create a more secure, democratic, and prosperous world for the benefit of the American people and the international community."
art and science of maintaining peaceful relationships between nations, groups, or individuals.
Encyclopedic Entry: diplomacy environment Noun
conditions that surround and influence an organism or community.
to form or officially organize.
having to do with a nation's government (as opposed to local or regional government).
system or order of a nation, state, or other political unit.
having to do with more than one country.
political unit made of people who share a common territory.
Encyclopedic Entry: nation representative Noun
someone or something who acts in place of a group of people.
having accountability, authority, or liability in a situation.
safety or stability.
the science of using tools and complex machines to make human life easier or more profitable.
buying, selling, or exchanging of goods and services.