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Diplomacy – in other words negotiation – is an important means by which states throughout the globe pursue their foreign policies, to secure peaceful relations and alliances. Another popular term that is used when explaining diplomacy is ‘foreign policy’ or ‘international affairs’. However, those two terms vary significantly from ‘diplomacy’. Whereas foreign policies are the programs, affairs of the countries, diplomacy is the means to achieve and accomplish them. The main purpose is to enable states to secure the targets of their foreign actions without retreating to force, violence, or fighting. Diplomacy is an interdisciplinary field that is a blend of history, ancient history, anthropology, sociology, geography, architecture and other humanities and social sciences. It aims to protect human rights and peaceful settlement of disputes.
Diplomacy has existed since the founding of the city states of Greece, which were previous centers of power that dealt with each other on an official basis. We can find the origins of diplomacy even in ancient Egyptian, and Roman city states, where at the time the negotiations were dependent on communications through messengers, nobles, and even merchant carriages. Although it was not called upon too often as the correspondence was “stagnant, laborious, unstable and insecure”. It was in Northern Italy, in the early Renaissance, that many of the traditions of modern diplomacy began, with the first embassies being established in the thirteenth century.
 Berridge, G. R. Diplomacy: Theory and Practice. Fifth ed. Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. Print
That’s why in my opinion the single most significant change in the nature of diplomacy is the change of technology and communication lines that take place within the nations. Back in the day diplomats were a representatives of monarchs, that had much more power and authority. The sole fact that diplomats can’t disappear for 18 months at a time proves that there was a significant change within that area. There was an enormous development in fluent and flexible passage of information and data. Diplomacy became refined, institutionalized and professionalized over time. We have a much easier access to information, knowledge and reports, that our ancestors never had or even dreamed of. As people we set up a number of different sources to stay in touch with each other. We can talk with people, find out what’s new around the world, everything that is happening, right here, right now – we can see that through other people’s eyes – even if you’re in an office in London, you can be a part of a Brazilian carnival in Rio de Janeiro. We use Facebook, Twitter, email, Skype, Snapchat and Instagram even. All of those social platforms make up for an enormous technological development and progress in any discipline there is, and even more so in diplomatic service. Thanks to that and what makes the relations and alliances much, much easier to form and create, uphold and run smoothly.
Globalization made our world a bit more of a straightforward place when it comes to politics, foreign affairs and international relations – or at the very least we can hope so and continue on bettering our planet and the relationships we hold with other countries.
- Berridge, G. R. Diplomacy: Theory and Practice. Fifth ed. N.p.: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. Print.
- “Evolution of Diplomacy.” By Mohamed Osman Akasha. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Oct. 2016.
- “FROM CLAY TO DIGITAL TABLETS: What Can We Learn from Ancient Diplomacy? | DiploFoundation.” N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Oct. 2016.
- “ABC of Diplomacy.” Publisher Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), 2008. Web. 17 Oct. 2016.