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Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution

Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution

Diplomacy and conflict resolution

The words “diplomacy” and “diplomatic” are used for several different meanings. In fact, the words have been characterized as “monstrously imprecise,” simultaneously signifying “content, character, method, manner and art” (Marshall, 1990: 7). According to Sir Peter Marshall (1990), at least six related meanings may be distinguished, all of which have a bearing on conflict resolution.

First, “diplomacy” sometimes refers to the content of foreign affairs as a whole. Diplomacy then becomes more or less synonymous with foreign policy. Several books and articles portraying the diplomacy of countries X, Y and Z are indicative of this usage. Second, “diplomacy” may connote the conduct of foreign policy. The word is then used as a synonym of statecraft. Henry Kissinger's book Diplomacy ...

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