foreign service


Definition of foreign service

: the field force of a foreign office comprising diplomatic and consular personnel

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Meanwhile China’s net spending on foreign services, mostly tourism, surged from $50 billion to more than $80 billion over the same period. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "The China Story That Is Far Bigger Than Apple," 4 Jan. 2019 Stent is a professor of government and foreign service at Georgetown University and a former national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia at the National Intelligence Council. Angela Stent, WSJ, "Vladimir Putin’s Big Push Into the Middle East," 15 Feb. 2019 Kulkarni, a 40-year-old former foreign service official under the Bush and Obama administrations, is doing the opposite of what the consultants told him. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "A Texas Democrat’s radical experiment in turning out Asian-American voters could become a model for the party," 30 Oct. 2018 In her place, Robert Palladino, a career foreign service officer who has been Ms. Nauert’s deputy since August, has briefed reporters three times this week. Courtney Mcbride, WSJ, "State Department Spokeswoman Expected to Be Nominated U.N. Ambassador," 1 Nov. 2018 McGee — a retired foreign service officer from Florida and former U.S. ambassador to Zimbabwe and Madagascar — underwent dialysis three times per week while waiting for a new kidney. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Vietnam War veteran donates life-saving kidney to fellow US airman after reuniting nearly 50 years later," 19 Sep. 2018 Prior to beginning her academic career, Bateson joined the foreign service, spending nearly two years in the consular section of the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City. Emily Cadei, sacbee, "Democratic congressional candidate's ad could lead to false impressions | The Sacramento Bee," 15 May 2018 According to her father, Sabika Sheikh had hoped to one day join Pakistan's foreign service and become a diplomat. Fox News, "Thousands mourn Pakistani exchange student slain at Texas school," 23 May 2018 After graduating from Princeton University in 1952, serving two years in the Navy, and studying at the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, Carlucci joined the State Department as a foreign service officer. Robert Burns, Fox News, "Frank Carlucci dies at 87; was diplomat and Pentagon chief," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of foreign service

1870, in the meaning defined above

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