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CRISIS DIPLOMACY

by on May 8, 2013

Crisis diplomacy is a unique kind of diplomacy that requires a cautious and smart dialogue  to solve the situation at hand. Many of these crises arise quickly and have nearly ended in mass conflict or world war.

 Crisis diplomacy can take many forms ,but the most effective has been telephone diplomacy. Because of it’s directness, the knowledge that the information has been received instantly and it’s flattery to the receiver of the call , makes it the easiest way to make quick contact. Other diplomactic forms such as broadcasting and radio are also used during crises but not as a direct line between governments but rather to states and it’s people as a whole.

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The concept of the hot line has played a prominent role in recent world crises between heads of states whom are either friendly with each other or enemies who wish to avoid war. Examples of this would be the white house –downing street line which although not often used ,has been used at crucial times during the past including during the us intervention in Granada in the 80’s.

 

Crisis diplomacy has become more regular since the advent of more recent technology after ww2  and during the cold war.  A good example would be the enveloping crisis after Iraq invaded Kuwait in the run up to the Gulf war. As the US and its allies were preparing a land invasion of Iraq the Soviet Union attempted to stop this through diplomatic means  when Gorbachev called Bush to persuade him to back down. Tariq Aziz, Hussein’s foreign minister played a large part in the talks by personally going to Moscow  to speak to Gorbachev before Gorbachev called Bush. The important crises talks lasted four days from the 21st-24th february 1991. Most of the talks centred on the timescale on Iraqi forces leaving Kuwait  before the us invaded. It was effectively an indirect channel  of diplomacy from Baghdad-Moscow-Washington with Aziz sending letters to Gorbachev asking questions about the American’s ultimatum. This form of diplomacy eventually failed and created confusion in Iraq as to when the us would invade. Consequently the ground invasion went ahead and the leadership in Iraq expressed disappointment with Gorbachev for failing to diffuse the situation. This in effect shows the problems with indirect communication in a time when urgent direct diplomacy is needed either by phone or face to face.

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2 Comments
  1. Ya Crisis Diplomacy has been made much easier with developmants in technology. Now heads of states can talk via skype, telephone or mail. It is also possible for them to meet face to face within a day due to the massive improvements in transport. from the days of the Cuban Missile Crisis when the 2 superpowers realised more efficiency was needed to be applied in such drastic situations. Now it is possible to speak with heads of state all over the world with the touch of a button

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