Partie 1 : À l′échelle du monde

Chapitre 7 : International relations

Diplomatic activity, page 20

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an embassy
to be appointed ambassador
a representative
the diplomatic corps, the foreign service
the diplomatic bag, the diplomatic pouch
an adviser, an advisor
an envoy
a counterpart
a route map
to endorse
a memorandum of agreement
to pay lip service to
to recall an ambassador
to deliver an ultimatum to
to break off diplomatic relations

The Committee took note of this information but refused to endorse this policy.

An ambassador is an honest man sent abroad to lie for his country.

The European Commission has adopted a route map for planning maritime space.

International negotiations, page 20

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the balance of power
to hold a summit
the agenda
to convene
a host country
to bond with
to change course
a thaw
a settlement
a bone of contention
a deadline
a showdown
to take steps
to hinder
to toughen one’s stance
to walk out of the talks

The date has been set for a referendum to approve the draft constitution. And so, the next showdown is likely to come very soon.

In certain areas there are significant problems which hinder the return to peace.

Food for thought, page 21

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These nations are using food to project power around the world. And it’s working.

“Noodle diplomacy” and “chopstick diplomacy” may be new phrases, but the concept that food and diplomacy go together is as old as, well, food.
Even the ancient Romans knew the best way to make peace with an enemy was to share a good meal. It’s just taken us until relatively recently to come up with a word for it: gastrodiplomacy.
But now that we’ve got one, we’re not wasting time. At least five countries – Thailand, South Korea, Peru, Taiwan and the United States – have “official” culinary diplomacy programs, and colleges are even teaching courses in how to eat your way to cultural understanding.
Thailand should be credited with reviving the ancient trend in 2002, with its “Global Thai program”. The idea was to increase the number of Thai restaurants worldwide, which The Economist presaged would “not only introduce delicious spicy Thai food to thousands of new tummies and persuade more people to visit Thailand, but it could subtly help deepen relations with other countries”.

Global Post (, March 25, 2014.