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The State Department did not even send out formal diplomatic notes - known as demarches - to Security Council capitals seeking support.
Our embassies should not limit themselves to delivering the demarche, however, but should undertake extensive public diplomacy as well.
According to a State Department official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to be more candid, Rank was unwilling to deliver the demarche.
In private life, the brothers were both partners in the white-shoe New York law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell, whose clients’ interests often aligned with U.S. foreign policy demarches....
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Did You Know?
When it comes to international diplomacy, the French may not always have the last word - but they have quite a few, which they've shared with English. "Démarche," which in French can mean "gait," "walk," or "action," among other things, is one of the earliest of these; we started using it in the 1600s. It was first used generally in the sense of "a maneuver," and before long it developed a specific use in the world of diplomacy. Some of the other diplomacy-related words we use that come from French include attaché, "chargé d'affaires," "communiqué," "détente," and "agrément" (a word used in diplomatic parlance for approval of a diplomatic representative) - not to mention the words "diplomacy" and "diplomat" themselves.
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