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The evolution of diplomacy:Write about what you consider to be the single most sinificant chnage in the nature of diplomacy.

by on December 22, 2012

Diplomacy is the key mechanism used by states to balance their various national interests. World politics has been about bargaining and forming alliances for the interest of all nations. As rulers extended their authority over large areas, they saw it as practical and economically viable to use less violent to legitimacy their positions in their newly acquired states. Ambassadors were appointed in the late 15th century to avoid extra cost for envoys travelling to and from states. Ambassadors at that time were nobles with little foreign or diplomatic experience and needed to be supported by a large embassy staff. Modern diplomacy slowly spread to Eastern Europe and arrived in Russia by the early eighteenth century. There has been a lot of changings to the how diplomacy is practised since the formation of it in the first city-states. Diplomacy is now practised among recognised sovereign states in the world. There are exchanges of representatives from all over the world travelling to one state or another at any given time. From the first set of formal rules relating to diplomacy in the 13th century, there have been changes in the nature of diplomacy. One of the significant changes is the emergency of globalization. Globalization became a gospel to be reckoned with and it was preached and practised all over the world in 1990. All countries were encouraged to either join or be left out. The removal of barriers for free trade was viewed as a cure to all problems because the opening up of trade will promote cheaper goods and services which will benefit both the producers and foreign investors. They need to follow developments in these fields proactively, to shape them, to involve public discourse and to give advice to decision-makers on the political levels. Diplomats are supposed to be aware of global trends and interests and what they mean for their home country. They need to form strong relationship with their host nations to bargain for cheaper raw materials. Also, the emergence of non-state actors like the non-governmental organizations, advocacy groups, intergovernmental organizations, multinational corporations means diplomats will need to work with representatives from their home countries that visit the home nations on behalf of these organisations in order to prevent conflicts of interest that could jeopardise the already established relationship. Diplomacy will continue to change as a result of on-going changes in globalization,however,Personal contacts, human expertise and experience, will remain the set up  for diplomatic procedures.

References 1. Ernst Sucharipa 21st Century Diplomacy http://campus.diplomacy.edu/lms/pool/BD%20materials/Sucharipa.htm; date of access 16/12/2012

2.G. R. Berridge, Diplomacy: Theory and Practice, 4th edition

3.J. Baylis and S. Smith (eds), The Globalization of World Politics, 5th  edition

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2 Comments
  1. oskinnn permalink

    I totally agree with you “globalization became a gospel to be reckoned with and it was preached and practised all over the world in 1990”. However, countries are forced to join in one way or another to sing to the same song in order to follow developments and have the same benefit as other globalized country. In one hand, globalisation may have a different meaning in some states. The involvement of the public opinion in decision-makers and on the political levels does not exist. Some have bans and laws on too many, if not everything. Yet, there is a clear engagement of foreign investors (gulfnews.com). I would definitely have to agree with you on “diplomacy will continue to change as a result of on-going changes in globalization”.

    Reference:

    http://gulfnews.com/business/economy/abu-dhabi-will-raise-foreign-investment-to-23-of-gdp-1.715024
    http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/middle-east-north-africa/united-arab-emirates

    • oskinnn permalink

      I totally agree with you on, “globalization became a gospel to be reckoned with and it was preached and practiced all over the world in 1990”. However, countries are forced to join in one way or another to sing to the same song in order to follow developments and have the same benefit as other globalized country.
      In one hand, globalization may have a different meaning in some states. The involvement of the public opinion in decision-makers and on the political levels does not exist. Some have bans and laws on too many, if not everything. Yet, there is a clear engagement of foreign investors (gulfnews.com).
      I would definitely have to agree with you on “diplomacy will continue to change as a result of on-going changes in globalization”.

      Reference:

      M, K, Humendra (2010). Abu Dhabi will raise foreign investment to 23% of GDP, Staff Reporter, Gulfnews. (Online). Available at:
      http://gulfnews.com/business/economy/abu-dhabi-will-raise-foreign-investment-to-23-of-gdp-1.715024 Accessed 23th December 2012

      Foreign Commonwealth Office (2012). Middle East and North Africa – United Arab Emirates. (Online). Available at:
      http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/middle-east-north-africa/united-arab-emirates Accessed 23th December 2012

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