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[Podcast] Diplomacy between tradition and innovation

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Diplomacy · Diplomacy between tradition and innovation [An interview with Ambassador Stefano Baldi]   In January 2021, Diplo began a series of online discussions titled History of Diplomacy and Technology, led b...

[New podcast] The telegraph and diplomacy: An interview with Tom Standage

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In January 2021, Diplo began a series of online discussions titled History of Diplomacy and Technology led by Dr Jovan Kurbalija. As part of the series, Kurbalija interviewed journalist and author Tom Standage to ta...

[Podcast] Soft and hard power of Byzantine diplomacy

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An interview with Prof. Jonathan Shepard Diplomacy · Soft and hard power of Byzantine diplomacy [Interview with Prof. Jonathan Shepard]   In January 2021, Diplo began a series of online discussions titled History...

[Podcast] The history of drinks and diplomacy: An interview with Tom Standage

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Diplomacy · A history of drinks and diplomacy: An interview with Tom Standage   In January 2021, Diplo began a series of online discussions titled History of Diplomacy and Technology led by Dr Jovan Kurbalija...

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2021

Searching for the prehistoric origins of diplomacy

What if diplomacy had started in the first contact between two distinct bands of nomadic Homo sapiens hunter-gatherers in the Palaeolithic period, even before the advent of agriculture and the transition from nomadism to Neolithic sedentary societies? In this post, pre... Read more...

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2020

The ‘Working’ Non-Aligned Movement: Between Belgrade, Cairo, and Baku – The NAM’s Leadership Visibility

The objective of this chapter is to highlight lessons learned, promote best practices, and carry takeaways that are useful for other levels of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), or even other forums. ... Read more...

The 'Working' Non-Aligned Movement: Between Belgrade, Cairo, and Baku – The NAM's Leadership Visibility

2019

Diplomacy and Secret Service

Intelligence officers working under diplomatic protection are rarely out of the news for long, and the last two years have been no exception. How did the relationship between diplomacy and secret intelligence come about? What was the impact on it of the bureaucratizati... Read more...

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2018

The Diplomacy of Ancient Greece – A Short Introduction

Employed against a warlike background, the diplomatic methods of the ancient Greeks are thought by some to have been useless but by others to have been the most advanced seen prior to modern times.... Read more...

2017

Room for Diplomacy: The history of Britain’s diplomatic buildings overseas, 1800-2000

Mark Bertram joined the Ministry of Public Buildings and Works after reading architecture at Cambridge and remained in the civil service as architect, project manager, administrator, estate manager and – in his own words – ‘quasi diplomat’ for the next thirty y... Read more...

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2017

The Summer Capitals of Europe, 1814-1919

This is an original work, meticulously researched, rich in detail, and written in a clear and – here and there – refreshingly pungent style. Soroka is a Russian scholar but at ease in English.... Read more...

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2017

Curing the Sick Man: Sir Henry Bulwer and the Ottoman Empire, 1858-1865

This is the first book of a very promising young historian. Laurence Guymer, who is head of the Department of History at Winchester College and a research associate in the School of History at the University of East Anglia, has produced a biography of Sir Henry Bulwer ... Read more...

a man with a beard is sitting in a chair, human behavior, Curing the Sick Man: Sir Henry Bulwer and the Ottoman Empire, 1858-1865

2015

A Diplomatic Whistleblower in the Victorian Era

It’s not often that a fascinating and important new book — in this case about an accomplished diplomat, journalist, whistle-blower, novelist, dissembler and controversial celebrity of Victorian times — is made available, totally free of charge, to anyone with a c... Read more...

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