The New Diplomacy

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The functions of diplomacy can be broken down into six vast areas: ceremonial, management, information/communication, international negotiation, duty of protection and normative/legal. Ceremonial are about protocol, representation and visits. Management deals with day-to-day problems, promotion of interests (political, economic, scientific, military, tourism), explanation and defence of policy, strengthening bilateral relations, bilateral coordination, multilateral cooperation. The third area – Information and communication is about assessment, reporting, and monitoring.

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The significance of each and every area will vary from state to state. For some, diplomacy may be largely devoted to ceremonial representation; others may allocate resources to high-level roving envoys or in support of an established role in international rule making. The functions of diplomacy are also particularly closely related to evolving events and issues such as international crises, human and natural disasters or outbreaks of violence, which shift the diplomatic spotlight on to previously remote geographic areas or issues.

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The most significant dimension of the new diplomacy is the evolution of it. I believe that it is the change of technology and communication that we have seen in the last 20 years that’s one of the most symbolic, momentous things. We experienced the huge development in flexible andf fluent passage of information and knowledge.

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We have a much more accessible access to knowledge, information and reports, that previous diplomats, ambassadors never had. Thanks to Facebook, Twitter, email, Skype, Messenger, Instragram and Snapchat even, we can find out what’s happening on the other side of the globe. We can actually follow the events, celebrations, happenings minute by minute.

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All of these platforms build a vast technological evolution and progress in the diplomatic service, negotiations and International Relations. That’s one of the things that make the relations and alliances much, much easier to create, uphold and promote.

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References:
– The changing nature of diplomacy. PDF.
– Merym1. Diplomacy old and new 2016c. Web. 29 Mar. 2017.
– (“Pertinax”), André Géraud. “Diplomacy, Old and New.” Foreign Affairs. Web. 29 Mar. 2017.
– “The Contrast between Old & New Diplomacy.” The Contrast between Old & New Diplomacy. Web. 29 Mar. 2017.
– Moomaw, William R. “New Diplomacy.” 2012. Web. 29 Mar. 2017.

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