Alex discusses the structure of diplomacy, the difficulties in dealing with sovereign powers, and the cultural barriers that often arise.

Alexander has spent his entire career with the State Department in over a dozen positions including the Political-Military Officer in Turkey, the Director of the Office of UK, and the Political Chief in London.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx



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