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20 Feb 2003 to 23 Feb 2003
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This conference focussed on intercultural communication, a process which
has always been central to diplomacy. The essence of the diplomat’s work
lies in the relations between countries and peoples. Diplomats live abroad
and interact with the local culture, and bring their own culture to their
hosts. Important decisions in international relations and related fields
affect citizens of more than one nation, therefore the question of whether
communication between people of different nations is effective and whether
all parties emerge with the same understanding is of crucial importance.
Lack of knowledge of another culture may confuse or even offend the people
we wish to communicate with, making the conclusion of international or
bilateral agreements difficult or impossible.

This conference focussed on intercultural communication, a process which
has always been central to diplomacy. The essence of the diplomat’s work
lies in the relations between countries and peoples. Diplomats live abroad
and interact with the local culture, and bring their own culture to their
hosts. Important decisions in international relations and related fields
affect citizens of more than one nation, therefore the question of whether
communication between people of different nations is effective and whether
all parties emerge with the same understanding is of crucial importance.
Lack of knowledge of another culture may confuse or even offend the people
we wish to communicate with, making the conclusion of international or
bilateral agreements difficult or impossible.

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