Diplomats and journalists are among the main protagonists of international affairs. Together on the same stage of international affairs, but with different roles, they shape many modern developments. The contact between these two professions inevitably brings tension, misunderstanding and sometimes conflict. In September 2009, Diplo ran a workshop in Geneva with the aim of increasing the understanding of diplomacy among journalists. The workshop took a look ‘under the bonnet’ of modern diplomacy, focussing on procedures, professional cultures and the way diplomacy operates.