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Bilateral Diplomacy: The Perennial Basics of Diplomacy

  • Yolanda Kemp Spies
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Abstract

In this chapter, Spies focuses on bilateral diplomacy, the oldest and most traditional diplomatic mode. It encapsulates basics of diplomatic practice—principles, techniques and processes that are replicated in all the other modes of diplomacy. The discussion is structured according to the five functions of diplomatic missions, as per the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations . Spies explains how these duties have expanded in recent decades, how they are executed even in the absence of resident embassies, and how struggling states are affected by deficits in diplomatic capacity. The impact of information and communication technology on diplomacy’s core tasks is discussed, as are the implications of a greater spectrum of stakeholders—not least the public of a host state—that need to be engaged by diplomats.

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  • Yolanda Kemp Spies
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  1. 1.University of JohannesburgJohannesburgSouth Africa

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