Vladimir Putin

Ritchie, The Honourable Charles S.A.

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Some personal reminiscences of when the speaker joined the Department of External Affairs some 30 years previous. The foreign service now grown up. The nature and description of the foreign service. Co-operation between government departments in the promotion and safeguarding of Canadian interests abroad. Some comments on the "glamour and formality" of diplomacy. The motives which attract young men and women to the foreign service as a career. Some drawbacks. Changes in foreign service, in Canada and other countries. Multilateral diplomacy. The enormous complexity of the problems with which a modern diplomat is supposed to deal, with some examples. The present role of a representative abroad. Qualities of a diplomat.