Genuine, honest persuasion cannot be rhetoric, cannot be show, and cannot be theatrics. It has to be something that you genuinely believe in, and people sense this.

Author/s: Joe Borg,
Source: Persuasion, The Essence of Diplomacy

Dr Milan Jazbec, a practitioner and researcher in diplomacy, positions a discussion on persuasion in the sociology of diplomacy. Social context determines both diplomacy and persuasion.

Author/s: Milan Jazbec,
Source: Persuasion, The Essence of Diplomacy

Aldo Matteucci explores the relevance of social context for persuasion. Since persuasion leads to change, we should look into the mechanisms of change in society.

Author/s: Aldo Matteucci,
Source: Persuasion, The Essence of Diplomacy

Ambassador Victor Camilleri argues that the essence of diplomacy is a search for a point of convergence. Persuasion is one of the methods through which a point of convergence can be reached.

Author/s: Victor Camilleri,
Source: Persuasion, The Essence of Diplomacy

Dr Paul Meerts discusses persuasion in the context of the Vienna Congress (1814–1815), one of the most successful diplomatic events in history.

Author/s: Paul Meerts,
Source: Persuasion, The Essence of Diplomacy

Persuasion is a very relative concept. Like beauty, persuasion is the eye of the beholder. Admittedly, persuasion does not exist in the absence of results.

Author/s: Petru Dumitriu,
Source: Persuasion, The Essence of Diplomacy

Dr George Vella, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malta, argues that persuasion is central not only to diplomacy but also to society in general. He highlights three aspects of persuasion.

Author/s: George Vella,
Source: Persuasion, The Essence of Diplomacy

On Diplo’s blog, in Diplo’s classrooms, and at Diplo’s events, dialogues stretch over a series of entries, comments, and exchanges and may even linger. DiploDialogue summarises. It’s like in sports events: DiploDialogue aims to bring focus by deleting what, in hindsight, is less relevant.

Author/s: Aldo Matteucci and Katharina Höne,
Source: DiploDialogue

Dr Alex Sceberras Trigona stresses that not only persuasion but also resisting persuasion is highly important for small states, which tend to be seen as the ‘diplomatic prey’ of great powers.

Author/s: Alex Sceberras Trigona,
Source: Persuasion, The Essence of Diplomacy

In our families, in our jobs, in our political dynamic at a national level, we always try to persuade others, first and foremost.

Author/s: Joseph Cassar,
Source: Persuasion, The Essence of Diplomacy