Diplo’s Diplomats as Writers initiative draws its inspiration from the recent work of Mr Stefano Baldi, Italian diplomat and Diplo faculty member, and Ambassador Pasquale Baldocci in preparing a bibliography of books published by Italian diplomats.

Their research was published in a book which illustrates the considerable contributions that diplomats have made to our literary and cultural heritage. At least five Nobel literature prize recipients have been diplomats!

Baldi and Baldocci’s initiative has sparked interest in a subject unexplored up to now. The Italian research prompted Swiss Ambassador Jacques Rial to initiate a similar project concerning Swiss diplomat-writers, and several other countries have expressed interest and suggested new books.

Below, you will find summaries of current activities and news about upcoming projects.  Please contact us with ideas and suggestions for this section.


Italy

Through the Diplomatic Looking Glass

The research of Stefano Baldi and Pasquale Baldocci focused on books published by Italian diplomats from the post-war period to today. The more than 760 titles give a picture of the diverse interests that distinguish the members of the diplomatic profession.

The book was launched with a panel discussion in Cairo on 4 February 2010.  The speakers were Pasquale Baldocci, Dr Mostafa El Feky, chairman of the  Committee on Foreign Relations of the People’s Assembly, Abdel Raouf El Ridy, chairman of the Mubarak Library and honorary chairman of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs, and Nehad Abdel Latif, assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Head of the Italian-Egyptian Friendship Association.

The results of the research are regularly updated through a website dedicated to the topic.

Stefano Baldi has also established an experimental mailing list called "diplomat-writer" to facilitate the exchange of information on books published by diplomats all around the world. If you are interested in subscribing to the list click here.

Switzerland

Le Bicorne et la Plume

This book, by Swiss Ambassador Jacques Rial, was put online in 2010 and has benefited from many suggestions, corrections and additions by Swiss colleagues. It was published in September 2008 under the joint sponsorship of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, and DiploFoundation.