In this operation, the intelligence, integrity, cultural understanding, and energy of individual diplomats become critical.The Psychology of Diplomacy (Westport: Praeger, 2004.

It is a matter of pride for our region that a distinguished Latin American diplomat is the first to fill this high office.The lead diplomat is responsible for making policy for the entire embassy.

This role takes on heightened importance if war breaks out.Also, international law grants diplomats extensive privileges and immunities, which further distinguishes the diplomat from the status of an ordinary citizen.Negotiation must necessarily continue but within significantly altered contexts.