Diplo’s Diplomats as Writers initiative draws inspiration from the 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 the book Through the Diplomatic Looking Glass, 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 this unexplored topic and prompted Swiss Ambassador Jacques Rial to write the book Le Bicorne et la Plume about Swiss diplomat-writers. 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.


Book: Through the Diplomatic Looking Glass (Stefano Baldi and Pasquale Baldocci)

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 at a panel discussion in Cairo on 4 February 2010. Speakers included Pasquale Baldocci, Dr Mostafa El Feky (Chairman, Committee on Foreign Relations of the People’s Assembly), Abdel Raouf El Ridy (Chairman, Mubarak Library; Honorary Chairman, Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs), and Nehad Abdel Latif (Assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs; Head, Italian-Egyptian Friendship Association).

The results of the research are regularly updated through a dedicatede website.

Stefano Baldi has also established the experimental mailing list 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.


Book: Le Bicorne et la Plume (Jacques Rial)

Le Bicorne et la Pume 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.

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