Research Paper: 21st Century, What Is Diplomacy?

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[. . .] The cons however are that a leader may be tempted to make unwise or wrong decisions because of the mounting expectations of him anticipated by his people or because of his lack of skills in foreign affairs' expertise. Small as these cons might seem, they can have a massive result, which may also lead to such worsen conditions as war.

Intervention of other states (Multilateralism) in lessening the hostility of the two states and signing treaties and pacts to devise a peaceful way out has also got in vogue, since there is no country in the international system now that does not know the importance of dependence and co-existence. It is also foolish to assume that a country can exist in isolation and that a war only affects the state(s) in question and nobody else.

Now to center on how a diplomat is expected to act in the contemporary era of diplomacy, let us begin by putting forth the duties of a diplomat. As it is now clear that what ructions does a diplomat avoid are much more important than what a diplomat achieves, a diplomat has to be more open, sincere and empathetic towards the receiving state's officials to represent that his state is not looking for a reason to fight but to be friends.

"At the beginning of the contemporary age, the first conventional rules defining the rank and precedence of diplomatic agents were established. These conventional rules were amplified to other aspects of diplomatic activity, and a true international statute of the diplomatic agent was created in the Vienna Conference about diplomatic relations of 1961." (De Magalhaes 48)

A diplomat is not supposed to be a moralist or a crusader who has been sent to simply state and give didactic speeches about morality, religion, ideologies and legalistic causes and put the face of a moralistic man/woman ready to sacrifice diplomacy for the sake of morality. Not that morality and other fundamental norms are not, in anyway, unimportant or that a diplomat is to act as a vagabond or a rebel, but to consider that his duty is to pursue the means ensuring his country's interest within these boundaries (if possible), which to be true, is not the condition most of the times. A diplomat has to bear in mind that international system does not expect a diplomat to take this job as of a man sitting in a cozy room discussing the moralistic aspects of actions taken by his government and that of the host state, because these relations are based on a give-and-take relation, including compromises and realization of harsh realities on both the sides.

Last but not the least, concession and compromise are the key features of diplomacy. A tactful and wise diplomat makes sure that he/she compromises on nonessentials because diplomatic relations are based on compromises from both ends and without them, solution to any friction amidst states is out of the question. Moreover, simply being sympathetic to the host country's arguments will not give a proper insight into the matter, being empathic and relating his/her country's problem(s) as well as proposing positive solutions without losing face and credibility, therefore, should be a diplomat's one of the major focuses to bring about the change which can serve as an example of true diplomatic success for other states to follow.

"The continuity of the diplomatic institution throughout thousands of years and in all known civilizations shows that diplomacy is an institution inherent to international life itself, one that may undergo transformations or may be used with more or less intensity, but cannot be dispensed with." (De Magalhaes 48)

Works Cited

De Magalhaes, Jose Calvet. The Pure Concept of Diplomacy. Trans. Bernardo Futscher Pereira. New York: Greenwood, 1988. Questia. Web. 16 Feb. 2013.

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Grossman, Marc. "A Diplomat's Philosophy." Joint Force Quarterly July 2011: 46+. Questia. Web. 16 Feb. 2013.

Mattingly, Garrett. Renaissance Diplomacy. London: Jonathan Cape, 1955. Questia. Web. 16 Feb. 2013.

Muldoon, James P., Jr., Joann Fagot Aviel, Richard Reitano, and Earl Sullivan, eds. Multilateral Diplomacy and the United Nations Today. Boulder, CO: Westview, 1999. Questia.… [END OF PREVIEW]

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