The functioning of diplomacy is influenced by a complicated combination of different interrelated factors.
The Mediterranean Academy of Diplomacy has recently organised two international conferences addressing the future of diplomacy.
As times change so do customs generally. In diplomacy protocol too changes and develops, mirroring broader societal norms. This paper discusses developments in protocol and how it provides the commonly accepted norms of behaviour for the conduct of relations between states.
As the new South Africa adapts to an ever-changing regional, continental and global environment, this paper reviews current developments against the background of the historic situation and of the evolution of diplomacy world-wide.