An official who has been named to be an ambassador, but who has not yet taken his oathof office.
A term often used to denote the wife of an ambassador, and misused to denote a womanchief of mission. The latter is an ambassador, not an ambassadress.
Used in diplomacy to mean the giving of refuge in two senses: first, within theextraterritorial grounds of an embassy (not generally done in American embassies); andsecond, when one states allows someone to live within its borders, out of reach of theauthority of a second state from which the person seeks protection.
Civilian attachés are either junior officers in an embassy or, if more senior, officers whohave a professional specialization such as "labor attaché", "commercial attaché", "culturalattaché", etc. On the military side, an embassy will generally have either an army attaché,naval attaché, or air attaché – and often all three. In American embassies, the senior of thethree is called the defense attaché and is in charge of all military attaché activities. Theseconsist largely of liaison work with local military authorities and of keeping informed onhost country order of battle.B
See "Pouch". Bag is the British term. "Bag Day" is the day the pouch is sealed and sent tothe home office. Hence, bag day is the day when all non-telegraphic reporting must befinalized and dispatched.
A state of belligerency is a state of armed conflict. Belligerents are direct participants inthe conflict.
Bilateral discussions or negotiations are between a state and one other. A bilateral treatyis between one state and one other. "Multilateral" is used when more than two states areinvolved.
Bout de Papier
A very informal means of conveying written information; more informal than an aidemémoire or a memorandum.
The formal act of severing diplomatic relations with another state to underscoredisapproval of its actions or policies. It is generally an unwise step, because when