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Diplomatic Intercourse and Immunities in see Chapter 7. Another traditional device for saving face is to choose a venue for negotiations which is roughly equidistant between the capitals of the rival states. Since compromise is of the essence of diplomacy, it is appropriate as well as face-saving if the parties agree to meet somewhere that is geographically 'halfway' between their own countries. This, of course, was yet another ingredient of the appeal of Vienna during the Cold War, since it is roughly equidistant between Moscow and the capitals of the European members of NATO. And it was the whole of the appeal of Wake Island in the Pacific Ocean as the venue for the highly sensitive and subsequently controversial talks in October between President Truman and Douglas MacArthur, a particularly troublesome general. MacArthur was virtually the American 'emperor' of Japan.
This entry will however be mercifully short. Most reviews of this book are bad.
The complaint charges mainly that the book is dull and its exposition makes points that are obvious. I think this criticism is half right and half wrong. The book is dull, but partly by design. Though the material is combed in an ordinary manner, and the writing never escapes from the prosaic, still, this is because the book A lot more could probably be said about this book, and perhaps a lot more deserves to be said.
Though the material is combed in an ordinary manner, and the writing never escapes from the prosaic, still, this is because the book intends to outline the art of diplomacy in a linear fashion. Super-headings are following by sub-headings; assertions are followed by examples.
Most everything unfurls in such a way as not to surprise. Even so, this uninspiring design is matched with an outlay of diplomacy that is uncommon to the subject. To my knowledge, not many have attempted to unpack exactly what are the elements of the prenegotiation phase--e. Here is a superb statement which makes Berridge eligible for a well deserved place in the history of Twitter: In any case, in the light of the brevity imposed on [ The result is that they risk either embarrassing blunders or studied banality.
Nevertheless, diplomats who know better — and have got better things to do — are being bullied into tweeting by foreign ministries pathetically fearful of being thought out of touch. It is an open secret that some — probably most — senior diplomats in the foreign ministries and embassies of major states have someone else to write their tweets for them, which should not surprise anyone Chapter 13, Public Diplomacy, p. Tweet those thoughts if you wish, distinguished readers!
Back to work These examples are delicious to my taste, but Berridge has many other subtle ways of alerting us when the emperor has no clothes.
An assiduous reader — as all diplomats are supposed to be — will find them among the pages of a book written with an undeniable literary touch. Berridge continues to bring fresh perspectives on traditional topics related to the study of diplomatic exercise.
The classification of embassies into four categories — normal, fortress, mini-, and militarized — is quite surprising at first sight, but convincing in the end.
So is the conclusion Another very interesting window is opened on an issue which is really a persistent dilemma in the diplomatic routine: which Capitals are better suited to taking the first steps in negotiations? The author offers an example close to his own house: Britain has usually preferred to negotiate through its own embassies rather than through a foreign embassy in London. This gives it greater assurance that its messages to the foreign government are delivered quickly and securely to the right people, and are not distorted en route Chapter 2, Prenegotiations, p.
While I have no intention of challenging the long-established practice of British diplomacy which cannot but be wise, inspired as it is by centuries of world-wide practice, I am not sure about the motivation behind.
From what I have noticed, one cannot generalise the righteousness either of the course taken or the reasons for it. The choice depends on many factors: the nature of the matter, the profile of the other party in negotiations, the skills of the diplomats involved.
Apart from comforting the reader with a charming narration, always pigmented with useful and colourful illustrations of various episodes of diplomatic occurrences, Berridge knows how to speak ex-cathedra and be purposefully didactic. Notes for the next edition I have reasons to expect a sixth edition of this excellent book.
The dynamic of international relations and of diplomacy will produce new inputs and trigger new reflections. We do not know where the insertion of novelty ought to come.
Some of the reasons for this remark are already examined; inter alia, normal population movements and economic migration, as well as refugees.
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