Syllabus on International Relations

By Parker Thomas Moon; Institute of International Education (New York, N.Y.) | Go to book overview
2. Growth of the press and publicity, making diplomacy less a matter of personal charm and secret bargaining, and more a matter of mass psychology.
3. Improved communications (especially telegraph, cable, and wireless) facilitating speedy transmission of instructions from home government and reports from ambassadors, and hence enhancing the political factor and diminishing the personal factor.
4. Increasing tendency to deal with important matters by conference or through the League of Nations, instead of through ambassadors and ministers.
5. Increasing volume and technicality of diplomatic work, due to growth of international economic relations, increased foreign travel, elaboration of international law, establishment of multifarious international organizations and agreements; hence, increasing tendency to employ specialists and experts, and to relegate technical problems to technical conferences.

C. SOME liMITATIONS OF DIPLOMATIC STATESMANSHIP.
1. Restriction by historic policies and traditions (above, IV-D).
2. Restriction by public opinion and politics (above IV, V).
3. Restriction by doctrine of sovereignty; necessity of obtaining voluntary consent of other nations for most international agreements.
4. Difficulty of securing harmony amidst clash of opposing national interests--rival territorial aspirations, conflicting imperialist aims, controversies over concessions and raw materials, etc.
5. Danger that diplomacy will be overruled by "yellow press," popular excitement and "military necessity" in crises.

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