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Conclusion: Drowning Diplomats

  • Frédéric RamelEmail author
  • Thierry Balzacq
  • Frédéric Charillon
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Abstract

This chapter sheds light on changes that affect diplomatic activity. It examines the main processes of contemporary diplomacy: the multiplication of diplomatic frameworks; the diversification of second diplomatic players; and the intensification of diplomatic issues. None of these processes are completely new in the history of diplomacy, and particularly not the first two. There are currently two novelties: densification—due to an increasing technicization and sophistication of diplomatic discussions—and intensification of the three previously mentioned processes identified on the other hand. Beyond these challenges, a specter is haunting international relations: the end of diplomacy itself. This concluding chapter identifies this process affecting both the everyday work of diplomats as the diplomatic institution itself as mediation in the heart of the international system.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frédéric Ramel
    • 1
    Email author
  • Thierry Balzacq
    • 1
  • Frédéric Charillon
    • 2
  1. 1.Sciences PoParisFrance
  2. 2.University of Clermont AuvergneClermont-FerrandFrance

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