Viewing diplomacy as a perennial international institution, we have emphasized the continuity of some basic parameters while pointing to constant change within these parameters. The overall picture that emerges from our overview is one of an institution characterized by great resilience and adaptability. Within the essential dimensions of communication, representation and the reproduction of international society, diplomacy has adjusted to changing circumstances and has sometimes been instrumental in affecting these changes. Given its long history of adaptability, then, diplomacy does not seem a likely candidate for obsolescence or decline in the future.
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