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France, though not at war with Britain, continued to harbor animosity towards its rival, particularly for the earlier loss of Canada at the end of the French and Indian War. They closely monitored the war in America and secretly extended aid in the form of a loan. American military setbacks, however, made the French cautious.
Nevertheless, America's diplomatic team of Silas Deane, Arthur Lee, and Benjamin Franklin found their bargaining position enhanced when news of the victory at Saratoga arrived in France. The French offered both military and commercial agreements, completing a formal alliance in 1778. France formally agreed to fight on America's side until victory was achieved, providing America with its first realistic hope of victory.
... today posted a collection of documents which chronicles the origins of "baseball diplomacy"--an effort initiated 25 years ago. The documents, ranging from unclassified letters to declassified secret cables and high-level State Department ...
Public Diplomacy. As always, public diplomacy is an important part of every diplomatís job description. It is crucial to provide a common vision of hope and prosperity while engaging foreign publics and media to promote U.S. interests abroad ...
... diplomacy for many years, and I can tell you it was brilliant exercise of self-diplomacy, the way you appreciated our culture, our openness, our warmth. And we will certainly never forget it. Georgia is, indeed, performing. It has strong ...