Different Styles of Diplomacy
Diplomacy is the area of activity coming up to
nowadays from the ancient times. It had been in
operation centuries before it got the outlines of
sophisticated skill and notion. As you remember
diplomacy comes into being when people and
commodity cross the borders with the people to
be protected and taken care of abroad.
In practical terms it means that some nations took up experience centuries ago while the others are taking up the first steps in International relations. Lack of uniformity in experience and approaches to allows to talk of different schools of diplomacy. These differences are outsourced from the following factors: Background
Priorities in the External Policy
The extent of the National Interests
English Diplomacy is classical with the traditions going back to the 14th Century. The strong point of this school is the profound knowledge of the country and the people. Until quite recently The British Empire had a good half of the world under its tight control. The colonial era has inherited a good skill of dealing with the people of different culture. The British diplomats never get involved in some global problems as they deal with concrete matters which are under discussion. They know exactly what is to be achieved. They always keep the doors open to get back to the topics which were not agreed and settled. They never say – “End of Story”. The British diplomats are very reserved and stay cool. It is not easy to read them. The obvious advantage is the right choice of the right time for
negotiations. They speak some high flown English and appreciate when the partners have a good command of English.
The American diplomacy is young and was influenced to a great extent by the British style until the end of the First World War. The American diplomats are somewhat more self standing in the decision taking procedure. The observation is “the Americans are friendly to all but want to be the winners in everything they touch”. The priority of the American diplomacy is to set up contact on the top level and they prefer contacts to paper work. The analytical papers should be short with the maximum volume of 2 pages with the priority of being practically significant.
The Americans are less particular about Protocol and Etiquette details. The “black tie” and “white tie” are seldom used. There is a distinction between career and non-career diplomats. The former are strong professional while the latter are politicians with the poor knowledge of geography and other details vital for diplomats.
French Diplomacy. France has the reputation of being the
mother of diplomacy. As you might have noticed most of
the diplomatic terms are of French origin which tells a lot
on the actual contribution to this genre of activity. The
tradition of the French diplomacy is the constant attempt to stand for the Independence of France. This is true for the
style of the French diplomats with the obvious view of the
Independence at all the negotiations. They are very
selective with contacts and very conservative. It takes a
while to enjoy their confidence. The French diplomats are
very well educated and their ambassadors are very self
standing in taking decisions.
German diplomacy reflects in a big way the ethnic mentality. It is based on fundamental education of the professional diplomats with some special emphasis on the general issues. There is no streaming by areas or majoring is some areas of diplomacy. A diplomat should be knowledgeable and that is the reason why it has the reputation of being the most effective ones.
The admission to diplomacy is very strict with no favors to anyone. It makes all the diplomats be professionally fit and adjustable to all the incoming situations. They are very good in contacts with people and very careful in supporting all the achievements. They are very punctual with the telegrams and anniversary cards on holidays that...
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