Perry International assists people traveling for many different reasons, to attend school, hold business meetings, or offer humanitarian assistance to name a few. One thing that all of these travelers have in common is that they will be interacting with government officials at immigration controls. They will likely have many more interactions where they will be representing their country to another country, but all will at least have one. As the world continues to grow ever closer, there is increasing need for all of us to have a few basic skills in diplomacy, the art and practice of conducting negotiations.
The U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy is holding a Summit for Global Citizen Diplomacy in Washington DC next month. They define Citizen Diplomacy as "the concept that the individual has the right, even the responsibility, to help shape U.S. foreign relations 'one handshake at a time.' ... They are motivated by a responsibility to engage with the rest of the world in a meaningful, mutually beneficial dialogue."