The Pure Concept of Diplomacy

The Pure Concept of Diplomacy

The Pure Concept of Diplomacy

The Pure Concept of Diplomacy

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The Historic Evolution of Diplomacy The Pure Concept of Diplomacy Diplomatic Morphology Diplomatic Pathology Criticisms of Diplomacy and Crisis of Diplomacy Analysis of Diplomatic Activity

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The theory of international relations is still a young and little developed science, which unfortunately, in our opinion, has often strayed into arid paths, using highly sophisticated techniques that make its diffusion and assimilation by the public at large difficult. On the other hand, as we shall see, the theory of foreign policy as such has not received much theoretical attention. As a result, in current language and even in the works of scholars of international affairs, a certain conceptual confusion persists, making it difficult to approach with clarity any theoretical matter pertaining to international relations. In particular the concept of foreign policy, which is of special interest to us at this point, is frequently confused with the concept of international politics on the one hand, and that of diplomacy on the other. Furthermore, the term diplomacy is used without any theoretical rigor to designate different things. Sometimes it is used as a synonym of foreign policy, but often also to signify the peaceful and generic instrument of foreign policy--that is, any form of negotiation--as opposed to violent instruments, and in particular to war.

Scholars of international relations commonly confuse the concepts of foreign policy and diplomacy, sometimes consciously and deliberately. As an example, we can quote a scholar of international politics at the University of Wales, who says . . .

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