When two negotiating parties from different cultural backgrounds attempt to communicate, the potential for disagreement and misunderstanding is great.
The Hutton inquiry into the death of Dr David Kelly, the senior British arms inspector in the UN inspection mission to Iraq who was found dead in an English wood in July 2003, offers revealing insights into the contrasting professional cultures of journalists, politicians and scientists.
Is there a specific, distinctive diplomatic culture?
Europe has many borders. Its small countries with millenary histories and diversities offer a variety of intercultural challenges.
Diplomats are people who are on the fringe somewhere, because they are either permanently living in or at least dealing with alien cultures, cultures with different values.
Foreign cultural policy is in itself vital for establishing long lasting and deep relations between countries in international intercourse.
How do negotiators and other conflict resolution practitioners from different cultures create shared understanding? Is shared understanding enough to bridge deep differences?
This paper identifies challenges that women face when working overseas in diplomatic positions, a professional environment that historically has been male dominated and that can be characterised in some ways as an 'old boys' network.
Diplomats have often been blamed for failing to prevent the outbreak of the First World War.
This paper develops a model of diplomacy training based on intercultural competence and situated learning and applies the model to intercultural encounters.