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
    [4] usunrome.usmission.gov/mission/mission-usun/ambassador/
    [5] web.archive.org/web/20080726181824/sweden.gov.se/sb/d/3428/a/24515; eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/representations-and-travel-advice/dpr-korea/dpr-korea-representation-in-ch.html; web.archive.org/web/20111027103411/fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/foreign-embassy-in-the-uk/korea-dpr-north-korea
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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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Comments • 2 018

  • Wendover Productions
    Wendover Productions   4 months back

    Hey all, I hope you enjoy this video. As a little shout-out, I'm filming behind the scenes at Heathrow today. If you want to see a little of that, make sure to check out my Instagram here: http://instagram.com/sam.from.wendover (warning: that'll be a face reveal)

    • Penny The Pineapple
      Penny The Pineapple  1 months back

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

    • Lucrecia Mantilla
      Lucrecia Mantilla  2 months back

      Why is palau in the south china sea

    • Michael Mantion
      Michael Mantion  2 months back

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

    • Chris Green
      Chris Green  2 months back

      Suggest you don’t waste your time doing a behind the scenes at Heathrow

      We’ve had so many of them and they’re getting boring

    • Jolan Joseph
      Jolan Joseph  2 months back

      So we are clear Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and OECS States have diplomatic links through an Embassy located in Barbados. I am unsure if to believe anything else you have said.

  • KingOfShadows1500
    KingOfShadows1500  5 hours back

    Can't the police besiege an embassy, though? Eventually, the diplomats will run out of food and will be forced to leave the building.

    • Howardwayne Roberts
      Howardwayne Roberts  1 days back

      the american embassy in philippines,if,ever they actually answer their phone,i called several times daily for three months before i finally got an answer,and then when i spoke to someone,they could not speak a bit of english,nor understand english language,then they hung up the phone on me...in 9 months,they only answered their phone two times and can not speak or understand english,both times,they disconnected my call...it is a joke at american embassy philippines,manilla.

      • Jenn D
        Jenn D  2 days back

        I can't find the British or Australian embassies in Ottawa.

        • Ruski
          Ruski  4 days back

          Lets see if we can count how many times he says diplomat or diplomatic or diplomacy.

          • Damai Setiawan
            Damai Setiawan  6 days back

            Wrong map for palau

            • LemmeLix
              LemmeLix  6 days back

              1:39 Palau isnt there. its north of New guinea

              • Sadedin Osmani
                Sadedin Osmani  7 days back

                04:03 The Albanian flag <3

                • A O
                  A O  1 weeks back

                  you see

                  • James Peck
                    James Peck  2 weeks back

                    Bonus for working in Costa Rica...oh the hardship 🙄

                    • Baha' uddin
                      Baha' uddin  2 weeks back

                      I had just decided to publicly comment on a video for the first time in years when I found that you even have references. This is my first viewing of one of your videos. This is easily in the very highest tier of short videos in the pop-continuing-education space.

                      Also, when are we going to see some prestigious Emmy- or Oscar-level YouTube video awards?

                      I nominate this video!

                      • Conscious Crypto
                        Conscious Crypto  2 weeks back

                        Very interesting video. When I was in college I considered going into the foreign service with an intention of being stationed overseas for most of my career. Little did I know then how totally wrong I was for that job. So glad I wound up taking a different direction. I would never have done well working for the government. Too independent. Also wouldn't have been good at all the pomp and circumstance of diplomacy. Too blunt and annoyed by artifice.

                        • Philip Balfour
                          Philip Balfour  2 weeks back

                          That's not Palau, that's the northern area of Borneo.

                          • Ad H
                            Ad H  2 weeks back

                            The US does not use its embassies for the purpose they are there for. Look at Iraq, now about 12000 employees...But how many US citizens are there? Embassies are for representation of the nation and for the host country to lodge compaints or to lets say pass message son to the official government of that embassy. Yes for the citizens of the country in that foreign land also. But for example, the case of Iraq, it is clear thet the US embassy is being used for spying and for tactical and warfare purposes. You would have to be an idiot to not see this. With the tensions created by the US against Iran and North Korea it makes sense. And they have CIA operattives housed there to conduct their missions and surveliamnce. The US is not an honest borker and has never been. The sooner people realise this in those weak countries and form other alliances the better. But as long as the money the US provides corrpupt officials and government is enough for them, then things wont change...But we need change...

                            • alexodexo
                              alexodexo  2 weeks back

                              Just thought who tf wants to live next to North Korea in Germany. Then I realized that the embassie is two streets next to my home

                              • Laurent Levasseur
                                Laurent Levasseur  2 weeks back

                                1:41 Palau Island wrong location. should be in The Pacific

                                • asdf
                                  asdf  2 weeks back

                                  You really need to do proper research before you create these videos.

                                • Brittany Garrison
                                  Brittany Garrison  2 weeks back

                                  Never forget Benghazi. RIP brothers.

                                  • JDB 1113
                                    JDB 1113  2 weeks back

                                    *Wendover:* "The embassy also represents its homeland through its actual building"
                                    *Me:* Looks at the USA embassy which is actually a fortified base with 5m walls
                                    Yep, pretty accurate.

                                    • Aimo2121
                                      Aimo2121  2 weeks back

                                      It feels weird realising I’ve passed the North Korean embassy without even realising it...

                                      • Emonkey Inc
                                        Emonkey Inc  3 weeks back

                                        At 1:41 you showed palau west of the Philippines but its actually east of the Philippines.

                                        • joshua Santos
                                          joshua Santos  3 weeks back

                                          Can you tell me why there isn't an embassy in antartica yet?

                                          • joshua Santos
                                            joshua Santos  3 weeks back

                                            Thanks for clarifying that the embassy is not the building.

                                            • --
                                              --  3 weeks back

                                              9:24 i really like your videos but i have to strongly disagree. war is NOT "big business". at least not for a country. the only people who make big money off of war are companies like Heckler & Koch. Countries ALWAYS lose money on war which is why no counrty (as far as i know) is engaged in an active war.

                                              • Xaverderschnitzelfan
                                                Xaverderschnitzelfan  3 weeks back

                                                In austria the biggest embassy is the one of the smallest country vatican....

                                                • mob180 Gaming
                                                  mob180 Gaming  3 weeks back

                                                  i am sorry i had to dislike, as you had 666 dislikes so now it is 667

                                                  • AdrianAtGaming
                                                    AdrianAtGaming  3 weeks back

                                                    1:42 palau wrong spot

                                                    • Blakee
                                                      Blakee  3 weeks back

                                                      its the continental from john wick

                                                      • Uzair Ismail
                                                        Uzair Ismail  4 weeks back

                                                        That was the reason Ramond DAvies a U.S embassy worker crushed 3 pakistanis back there in Lahore and was released shortly after paying few buggs just diplomatic perks nothing to do with ordinary citizens

                                                        • lonelyPorterCH
                                                          lonelyPorterCH  4 weeks back

                                                          We should just fuse all countrys on earth in one big country called "earth", so we wouldn't need all this borders and ambassies ;P

                                                          • Vince g
                                                            Vince g  4 weeks back

                                                            I applied to be an FSO. Once a year you can take a test. If you pass you move on to the next stage in the process. I missed moving on by just a few points.

                                                            • Vampyfawn
                                                              Vampyfawn  4 weeks back

                                                              Should mention how the American ambassador to Denmark became a reality tv star there to promote the US.

                                                              • Cosmo Coralles
                                                                Cosmo Coralles  4 weeks back

                                                                Palau is so insignificant that nobody noticed that the marker on Palau is wrong.

                                                                • Cheng Yang Zhao
                                                                  Cheng Yang Zhao  1 months back

                                                                  And North Korea 0:48

                                                                  • toothless
                                                                    toothless  1 months back

                                                                    I’m watching this in a singapore ambassi

                                                                    • GandWizard
                                                                      GandWizard  1 months back

                                                                      8:25 For those who wonder where it is: it is in The Hague, the Netherlands, and was the embassy for the USA there until 2018.

                                                                      • Timmity3
                                                                        Timmity3  1 months back

                                                                        The US Embassy in Ireland looks much like the one in Australia.

                                                                        • WuzNab
                                                                          WuzNab  1 months back

                                                                          No bonus for Australia?
                                                                          What about the spiders

                                                                        • tyler89557
                                                                          tyler89557  1 months back

                                                                          Embassies: Meant to facilitate diplomacy
                                                                          Libya: More like meant to fire upon civilians with.

                                                                          • Michael Gray
                                                                            Michael Gray  1 months back

                                                                            Just took Iraq

                                                                            • Mayank Bansal
                                                                              Mayank Bansal  1 months back

                                                                              Hey!! It's great to see your video is working well.
                                                                              Get it better by adding closed captions in English.
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                                                                              Thanks. ALL THE BEST. Keep Growing.

                                                                              • Memes areforkids
                                                                                Memes areforkids  1 months back

                                                                                1:43 Palau is east of the Phillies

                                                                                • Hasnain
                                                                                  Hasnain  1 months back

                                                                                  unfortunately for the rest of the world, american embassies are more concerned w/ spying, interfering & regime change than travel & trade

                                                                                  • Krisna Sri
                                                                                    Krisna Sri  1 months back

                                                                                    you got the location of palau when you mentioned the countries that hadn't signed the Vienna Convention

                                                                                    • TheJustina102085
                                                                                      TheJustina102085  1 months back

                                                                                      Green Julian Assange

                                                                                      • Tarantulum
                                                                                        Tarantulum  1 months back

                                                                                        1:39
                                                                                        *says Palau*
                                                                                        *highlights some random island north of Malaysia*

                                                                                        • Breno Bacci
                                                                                          Breno Bacci  1 months back

                                                                                          Nice complete lack of human feelings when you said "war is money" there, dude. No wonder the whole world is in this deep shit. People think they're smarter for not getting "emotional" about "stuff that happens", even when the "stuff" that happens is genocide so a few rich people can get richer. If you're not one of those rich people, and I bet you're not, you ain't that smart, buddy. Nice video about embassies, but would it kill you to show some criticism of the fact that soul-sucking companies are all cowering up together in the Green Zone in Baghdad, bathing in heated swimming pools, while the local population is living in a war-torn hell-hole? No? I didn't think you would.

                                                                                          • Jurgen Kopliku
                                                                                            Jurgen Kopliku  1 months back

                                                                                            4:00 Albanian Flag!!