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Protocol FARQ

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Thanks for your question to the State Department regarding diplomatic etiquette and protocol. The State Department Web site provides some resources on diplomatic protocol and etiquette, which can be found here:

State Department Overseas Briefing Center: Protocol for the Modern Diplomat

Foreign Affairs Manual: scroll down to 2 FAM 300, Protocol, Precedence, and Formalities

A State Magazine article written by a former intern in the Office of Protocol can be found here:

State Magazine: Following Protocol Is This Office's Charter

The Luke Air Force Base Protocol Office also provides the following online information:


Your local library would also be an excellent source for books about diplomatic etiquette and protocol. The State Department provides the following bibliographies of books on protocol and culture:

State Department: Books on Protocol

State Department: Bibliography of Cross-Cultural Resources

Through our service as a U.S. Federal Depository Library, we can refer you to the following nongovernmental source(s) of information. Note that none of these sources are officially endorsed by the State Department, nor do they represent official U.S. foreign or domestic policy. A good subject search to use in finding books at your local library is:


Here are examples of books you may be able to find in your library or request by interlibrary loan:

Author: Wood, John R.
Title: Diplomatic ceremonial and protocol : principles, procedures & practices / John R. Wood, Jean Serres.
Published: Macmillan, 1970.
Possible LC Call Number: JX1679 .W65 1970a

Title: Etiquette & protocol; a handbook of conduct in American and international circles. / by I. Monte Radlovic
Published: New York, Harcourt, Brace (1956)
Possible LC Call Number: BJ 1858 R3

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