Diplomats as Writers – French

Welcome to the Diplomats as Writers space, a platform dedicated to exploring diplomats’ substantial and often overlooked contributions to the world’s cultural heritage. Your host, the esteemed Egyptian diplomat Ambassador Amr Aljowaily guides this unique online corner. Navigating the nuanced corridors of diplomacy requires not only strategic acumen but also a depth of knowledge in culture, history, language, and literature. These attributes naturally shape diplomats into compelling writers whose works offer fresh perspectives, insight, and understanding, inextricably linking diplomacy to the broader cultural narrative of our global society.

Here, we delve into the rich tapestry of prose, poetry, memoirs, and more penned by diplomats worldwide. We share their exceptional literary output and the stories behind the stories—revealing how their diplomatic careers have shaped their writing and vice versa.

Whether you are an aficionado of diplomatic history, an aspiring writer, a cultural explorer, or simply curious, we invite you to embark on this fascinating journey with us. As we turn the pages of diplomatic literature, we uncover the intricate link between international relations and cultural discourse, providing a richer understanding of our shared human heritage.

Let’s together uncover the profound ways diplomats, through their written words, have helped weave the world’s cultural fabric. Welcome again to the Diplomats as Writers space, where every word has a story, and every story reflects the world.


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 research results 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 worldwide. 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.