Francis Raven




Diploma: "folded in two":

the crease of how we speak
completing a course of study.

"The word 'diplomacy' was first introduced into English by Edmund Burke in 1796, based on the French word diplomatie (the -tie in French is pronounced like the -cy in English and therefore diplomatie sounds very much like diplomacy only with a French accent)."
—Simon Szykman, "Diplomacy: An Historical Perspective"

The practice of power

descends: if you, if they

chits for obvious layers

representations of clout


soft power sinks to the level of hard

sedimentary weapons

leave little room for talking


"[t]he continuity of the diplomatic institution throughout thousands of years and in all known civilizations shows that diplomacy is an institution inherent to international life itself, one that may undergo transformations or may be used with more or less intensity, but cannot be dispensed with."
—José Calvet De Magalhães

Thus, a chain of tradition extends from

"...modern diplomacy's origins are often traced to the states of Northern Italy in the early Renaissance, with the first embassies being established in the thirteenth century."
— "A Brief History of Diplomacy"

to our own futile attempts:

"Transformational Diplomacy" is Secretary Rice's initiative to "transform old diplomatic institutions to serve new diplomatic purposes,"

which forcefully urges us to:

* Double the number of State Department "deployable staff resources" over the next 10 years.

* Double USAID's deployable staff over the next three years.

* Better integrate foreign affairs strategy and resources through:

* Integrate all government public diplomacy assets "in one semi-autonomous organization reporting to the Secretary of State."

* Develop a "standing and reserve cadre of reconstruction and stabilization professionals."

* Rationalize the Department's organizational structure to accelerate decision-making, devolving "greater authority to senior officials, driving more decision-making down into the organization," and consolidating selected bureaus and offices.

Rhetorical Contradictions

Barry Carter and his coauthors, in their textbook on international law, write, "Contrary to popular belief, however, diplomatic mission and consular post properties are not extensions of the sending state's territory. Both in fact and in law, diplomatic premises are within the territory of the receiving state."

So, it's just custom not to breach them?
Yeah, I think it's just the norm.

I tell people this. I tell many people this.

VERSUS, a differ

from The Embassy Law Blog:

"Real estate owned by a foreign sovereign and used solely for diplomatic purposes enjoys protection under German law. In a recent decision (BGHR 03, 1041), the German Supreme Court in Civil Matters (Bundesgerichtshof - BGH) prevented such property from going into foreclosure ... Because of the obvious difficulties in determining the property's main purpose, international law requires the broad application of this rule."
—Contributed by Jens Nebel, Esq., Recklinghausen, Germany.
Thu, 10:38:00 4 Dec 2003


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What does a name do


connect one thing with another thing?

We are prevented in language

from certain actions

that can be described

using that language:

"An embassy is a sacred place, a metaphysical place. It exists where it is but also somewhere else. An embassy is two at once; its hypostasis is the basis of international diplomacy."

Property Section

There's a metaphysical change that occurs
when mere land
is transformed into the property of another country.

This forces the nationality of background land
(e.g. the rest of New Hampshire Ave.)
to be all the more American. A country is pronounced against all the others
in coalitions or opposed. Remember,
"In language there are only differences, and no positive terms."
— Ferdinand de Saussure

That's cash money we're losing since property taxes are not assessed on foreign embassies.

Maybe that's why DC schools are so crappy.

"Those foreign governments not providing the United States with substantially equivalent property rights are not permitted to purchase real estate for their diplomatic or consular posts."
—The Property Section of the Office of Foreign Missions of the State Department

For instance, the United States doesn't maintain an embassy in Taiwan (so that it can uphold diplomatic relations with China), but it does manage a consulate to take care of its citizens and substantial business interests there.


the United States Interests Section of the Embassy of Switzerland in Havana, Cuba or USINT Havana (the State Department telegraphic address) represents US interests in Cuba.
vice versa (2630 and 2639 16th Street).

That is, "official recognition" does not override
"unconscious (or is it subconscious?) representation."

But I don't know who pays for the building on 16th, I suppose the Swiss government,
but why?

The Poet of Bureaucracy

Mobila sits at a desk, the desk something was stolen from.
You can imagine what he is wearing, neatly
as all diplomats should be. It is white and bears
the insignia of a country that no longer exists;
alongside that
he is branded wit his new-old country name and logo.
Some brands just need time to breathe.
There is no longer any air-conditioning.
What is he doing? There are papers he is sorting;
Papers protecting the interests of the sending State (the Congo
in the voice of Zaire)
in the receiving State (the US). He is ready to negotiate
but is not permitted to do so. He is a forgotten diplomat
though the administrative assistant, Eve, did not forget about
his right to park at 1800 New Hampshire.
She printed a piece of paper
elucidating this right. She even arranged for the trash to be picked up.
It was the least she could do
after Mobila ... (what did he do for her? Or for her family?).
It was also the most she could do. Anything else
would have been inappropriate or
simply not tolerated.