Mini Countries Abroad: How Embassies Work

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  • Published: 15 May 2019
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    References:
    [1] nytimes.com/2012/02/08/world/middleeast/united-states-planning-to-slash-iraq-embassy-staff-by-half.html
    [2] travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/countries-limited-visa-services.html
    [3] un.int/tuvalu/tuvalu/embassies
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    [7] state.gov/discoverdiplomacy/diplomacy101/places/170537.htm
    [8] theguardian.com/world/2018/may/15/julian-assange-ecuador-london-embassy-how-he-became-unwelcome-guest
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  • Wendover Productions
    Wendover Productions   7 months back

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    • srijan sahni
      srijan sahni  2 months back

      Actually, Tuvalu does have a mission in India.

    • Cactus 'N Gaming
      Cactus 'N Gaming  3 months back

      Never knew Palau existed in Brunei

    • Penny The Pineapple
      Penny The Pineapple  4 months back

      Found you guys through something on my recommended, can’t stop binging now! Thanks for the awesome videos!

    • Lucrecia Mantilla
      Lucrecia Mantilla  4 months back

      Why is palau in the south china sea

    • Michael Mantion
      Michael Mantion  5 months back

      music ruined the the video can you uplaod a version with out music?

  • mayowa sunmonu
    mayowa sunmonu  3 days back

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    • J T
      J T  6 days back

      Embassies do have a greater purpose. They can help citizens of their countries. I lost my passport in Barcelona when I was 16... How was I supposed to leave the country? I went to Madrid to the U.S. embassy and got a new one. What an experience that was by the way. It wasn't unpleasant at all.

      • Wilson Sousa
        Wilson Sousa  1 weeks back

        It's called Ponta Delgada, not Ponte.

        • TubeDisabuser
          TubeDisabuser  1 weeks back

          Too bad U.S. policies virtually invite responses that prompt security concerns.

          • TubeDisabuser
            TubeDisabuser  1 weeks back

            Assange was sold out after the U.S. got a boot-licker into Ecuador's government by deception.

            • rutger5000
              rutger5000  1 weeks back

              For better or for worse, embassies facilitate the use ofunder-the-table international diplomacy.
              One of the best shots at preventing WWI were the relations shared among the ambassardors of the major powers. Yes, they indeed failed. But they had some amazingly bad luck. If I recall correctly a German ambassador was on the verge of singing an de-escalation treaty with a Russian one, while the Russian ambassador died from a stroke.

              • vishwas ghaghada
                vishwas ghaghada  1 weeks back

                So Embassy is like Asguard 🤣

                • Jungkookiesdad
                  Jungkookiesdad  2 weeks back

                  The us has an embassy to every country except for small islands, countries we are practically at war with, and very closed off nations.

                  • Juan Matias Fernández
                    Juan Matias Fernández  2 weeks back

                    You say the embassy is not the building but at 2:03 you treat it as it is the building by using the epxression " enter the embassy".

                    • Aksel Jakobsen
                      Aksel Jakobsen  2 weeks back

                      Palau is defo not north of Borneo... 1:40

                      • Truckin Convoy
                        Truckin Convoy  2 weeks back

                        DIP-LOMATIC IIMMUUNNIITTYY!

                        • EK X
                          EK X  2 weeks back

                          One of the planet's most powerful country's hush money is pandas.

                          • legoboyjonathan123
                            legoboyjonathan123  2 weeks back

                            I love the clip of UGA when you were discussing soft diplomacy

                            • blurb06
                              blurb06  2 weeks back

                              North Korea only has and Embassy in Germany (and vice versa) because it is in East Berlin

                              • Away in my Mind
                                Away in my Mind  3 weeks back

                                Forgot about the part where countries try and force journalism heroes out ot the embassies

                                • Seth Is White
                                  Seth Is White  3 weeks back

                                  35% bonuses for Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East...no shit.

                                  • Alex Finnigan
                                    Alex Finnigan  4 weeks back

                                    Yvonne Fletcher went to my school, and we have a memorial of her there.

                                    • Nodnarb
                                      Nodnarb  4 weeks back

                                      WP: Audible
                                      My brain: Inaudible

                                      • Nodnarb
                                        Nodnarb  4 weeks back

                                        An r/sbubby joke.

                                    • Satadal Ghosh
                                      Satadal Ghosh  4 weeks back

                                      Not only this, Embassies are base of Intelligence agency of that country + they have many sophisticated devices, antennas and basically everything you need to spy on the country the embassy in

                                      • Lord Morris
                                        Lord Morris  3 weeks back

                                        @Satadal Ghosh What else are you gonna tell us? That water is wet? Lmao, only children aren't aware of this.

                                      • Fernando Dember Laguna
                                        Fernando Dember Laguna  3 weeks back

                                        Could be an intelligence agency** not all countries even assign resources to spy.

                                    • Kayitare Eddy
                                      Kayitare Eddy  4 weeks back

                                      So You mean inside the embassy is a good place to smoke your blunt peacefully ?

                                      • Riff
                                        Riff  1 months back

                                        13:08  If you want to work in the Foreign Service... put down the book and get yourself a Congressman or a political campaign donor as a relative.

                                        • Crowned Lemur
                                          Crowned Lemur  1 months back

                                          1:39 that’s not Palau 🇵🇼

                                          • Klajdi Priska
                                            Klajdi Priska  1 months back

                                            06:38 Albanian Embassy 🇦🇱

                                            • Real AdolfHitler
                                              Real AdolfHitler  1 months back

                                              Diplomats can run people over without prosecution

                                              • Victory Morningstar
                                                Victory Morningstar  1 months back

                                                1:39 That's not Palau on the map at all.

                                                • Abdul Hadi Malik
                                                  Abdul Hadi Malik  1 months back

                                                  these fukin embassy workers are enjoying more in pakistan than we pakistanis , stop doing propaganda , #lantion

                                                  • Ryan Brunker
                                                    Ryan Brunker  1 months back

                                                    if I was Jillian. I’d taunt the absolute shit of them.

                                                    • NAGIUXS
                                                      NAGIUXS  1 months back

                                                      War is big business

                                                      • Merin Glenn
                                                        Merin Glenn  1 months back

                                                        How do embassies differ from consulates?

                                                        • DashCamEyes
                                                          DashCamEyes  1 months back

                                                          Still can beat the human.

                                                          • itsme olaff
                                                            itsme olaff  1 months back

                                                            Who's here cause of cod mw

                                                            • tazo Kakabadze
                                                              tazo Kakabadze  2 months back

                                                              I started readin Blink about 2 weeks ago,but now I am reading it for the second time,writing down the most important aspects and trying to implement them in my daily life.

                                                              • 28 StAB woUnDS???
                                                                28 StAB woUnDS???  2 months back

                                                                3:19 I've heard this bullshit a billion times before just in other words or subjects
                                                                Ex:A home is not the house it's the people blah blah blah

                                                                • Decent
                                                                  Decent  2 months back

                                                                  The American embassy in New Delhi is designed like a prison, same as the pakistani embassy. The british embassy nearby is a beautiful site to see. Also the Russian embassy, a little far, is designed in soviet era housing pattern, but this one just extravagant

                                                                  • xd silvernickel
                                                                    xd silvernickel  2 months back

                                                                    4:09 what? stop reading wikipedia and get real evidence for the hanging and the order from gaddafi

                                                                    • Random Person
                                                                      Random Person  2 months back

                                                                      bulgaria really warrants a hardship bonus?

                                                                      • rmbt
                                                                        rmbt  2 months back

                                                                        You forgot spies!

                                                                        • sabiq rusydi
                                                                          sabiq rusydi  2 months back

                                                                          For real tho, why blink is listed...

                                                                          • Matthew MacQuarrie
                                                                            Matthew MacQuarrie  2 months back

                                                                            10:16 Unit dudes just chilling in the back.

                                                                            • EVYCxMD
                                                                              EVYCxMD  2 months back

                                                                              I had to skip back multiple times to grasp certain concepts.... this was an exceptional vid!!! Thank you! One question though what’s the hardship for working in Jamaica🇯🇲🙈?!

                                                                              • Sean Bernard Tan
                                                                                Sean Bernard Tan  2 months back

                                                                                You got the location of Palau wrong for this one

                                                                                • Debanjan Lahiri
                                                                                  Debanjan Lahiri  2 months back

                                                                                  there is North Korean embassy in New Delhi

                                                                                  • Teh Gundulf
                                                                                    Teh Gundulf  3 weeks back

                                                                                    What's the point of that lmao.

                                                                                • Peter Nwachukwu
                                                                                  Peter Nwachukwu  2 months back

                                                                                  Hi Tex. miss u

                                                                                  • Notes For Space Cadets
                                                                                    Notes For Space Cadets  2 months back

                                                                                    I want to see a "How Wendover Productions Works" video.

                                                                                    • Igor Bednarski
                                                                                      Igor Bednarski  2 months back

                                                                                      You forgot that embassies are also there to help the citizens of a country living abroad - e.g. if you get robbed while on vacation and lose your passport/visa, you would go to the embassy of your country to get help getting back home.

                                                                                      • Schmeat
                                                                                        Schmeat  2 months back

                                                                                        6:29 Go Dawgs!

                                                                                        • JamesTavRule
                                                                                          JamesTavRule  2 months back

                                                                                          1:39 Yeah that's not where fucking Palau is located. That circle is just empty sea north of Brunei.
                                                                                          Palau is in the Pacific Ocean. It's a Micronesian country.