Alphabetic Index : A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Search β):

Diplomat

دیپلمات


1926_Diplomats_Moscow.jpg
(Wikipedia) - Diplomat For other uses, see Diplomat (disambiguation).

A diplomat is a person appointed by a state to conduct diplomacy with another state or international organization. The main functions of diplomats revolve around the representation and protection of the interests and nationals of the sending state, as well as the promotion of information and friendly relations.

Diplomats are the oldest form of any of the foreign policy institutions of the state, predating by centuries foreign ministers and ministerial offices.

ContentsEtymology

Diplomat is derived from the Greek διπλωμάτης, diplōmátēs, the holder of a diploma (a folded paper, literally a "folding"), referring in this case not to an educational certificate but to a diplomat's letters of accreditation, which enable him or her to carry out duties on behalf of one country or institution within the jurisdiction of another country or institution.

Terminology Main article: Diplomatic rank

The ranks of diplomats— ambassador, envoys, ministers, and chargé d’affaires — are determined by international law, namely the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961.

Diplomats can be contrasted with consuls, attachés, who represent their state in a number of administrative ways, but who don’t have the diplomat’s political functions.

Function

Diplomats in posts collect and report information that could affect national interests, often with advice about how the home country government should respond. Then, once any policy response has been decided in the home country's capital, posts bear major responsibility for implementing it. Diplomats have the job of conveying, in the most persuasive way possible, the views of the home government to the governments to which they are accredited and, in doing so, to try to convince those governments to act in ways that suit home country interests. In this way, diplomats are part of the beginning and the end of each loop in the continuous process through which foreign policy is made.

In general, it has become harder for diplomats to act autonomously. Whereas in the past Thomas Jefferson could write to his Secretary of State, "We have not heard from our Ambassador in Spain for two years. If we do not hear from him this year, let us write him a letter", secure communication systems, emails and mobile telephones can track down and instruct the most reclusive head of mission. The same technology in reverse gives diplomats the capacity for more immediate input about the policy-making processes in the home capital.

Secure email has transformed the contact between diplomats and the ministry. It is less likely to be leaked, and enables more personal contact than the formal cablegram, with its wide distribution and impersonal style.

Advocacy

The home country will usually send instructions to a diplomatic post on what foreign policy goals to pursue, but decisions on tactics - who needs to be influenced, what will best persuade them, who are potential allies and adversaries, and how it can be done - are for the diplomats overseas to make.

In this operation, the intelligence, integrity, cultural understanding and energy of individual diplomats are critical. If they are any good at their jobs, they will have developed relationships grounded in trust and mutual understanding with influential members of the country in which they are accredited. They will have worked hard to understand the motives, thought patterns and culture of the other side.

Negotiation

The diplomat should be an excellent negotiator but, above all, a catalyst for peace and understanding between peoples. The diplomat's principal role is to foster peaceful relations between states. This role takes on heightened importance once war breaks out. Negotiation must necessarily continue but within significantly altered contexts.

Training

Most diplomats have university degrees in international relations, political science, economics, or law. In India, the Indian Foreign Service is the gateway for anybody who has completed graduation and aspires to become a diplomat. However, the selection process is tough and lengthy, with an annual intake of roughly 20 to 25 candidates every year.

Status and public image

Diplomats have generally been considered members of an exclusive and prestigious profession. The public image of diplomats has been described as "a caricature of pinstriped men gliding their way around a never-ending global cocktail party" J. W. Burton has noted that "despite the absence of any specific professional training, diplomacy has a high professional status, due perhaps to a degree of secrecy and mystery that its practitioners self-consciously promote." The state supports the high status, privileges and self-esteem of its diplomats in order to support its own international status and position.

The high regard for diplomats is also due to most countries' conspicuous selection of diplomats, with regard to their professionality and ability to behave according to a certain etiquette, in order to effectively promote their interests. Also, international law grants diplomats extensive privileges and immunities, which further distinguished the diplomat from the status of an ordinary citizen.

Reflecting a dissatisfaction with as the diplomat's elite and out of touch image, African American author Langston Hughes imagined an alternative figure in the realm of international relations. Hughes spliced the terms "diplomat" and "hip to that" to coin the term "hip-to-mat." The figure of the hip-to-mat attends summit meetings and takes up the international situation with an eye toward supplying world populations with adequate food and letting "everybody have civil rights, white, black, yellow, brown, gray, grizzle, or green."

Psychology

While posted overseas, there is a danger that diplomats may become disconnected from their own country and culture. Sir Harold Nicolson acknowledged that diplomats can become "denationalised, internationalised and therefore dehydrated, an elegant empty husk".

Uniform Main article: Diplomatic uniform

From about 1800 to after the Second World War, diplomats from most countries wore official uniforms at public occasions. Such uniforms are now retained by only a few diplomatic services, and are seldom worn.

Notes and references
  • ^ Quoted in Abba Eban, Diplomacy for the Next Century (New Heaven, CT: Yale University Press, 1998) at 92.
  • ^ Stuart Seldowitz, "The Psychology of Diplomatic Conflict Resolution," in H. J. Langholtz and C. E.Stout, Eds. The Psychology of Diplomacy (Westport: Praeger, 2004), pp. 47–58.
  • ^ Allan Gyngell and Michael Wesley, Making Australian Foreign Policy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003), pp. 106.
  • ^ J. W. Burton, Systems, States, Diplomacy and Rules (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1968), p. 206.
  • ^ Brian Russell Roberts, Artistic Ambassadors: Literary and International Representation of the New Negro Era (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press), 2013, pp. 117-118
  • ^ Harold Nicolson, The Evolution of Diplomacy (New York: Collier, 1962) at 107.
    • v
    • t
    • e
    Diplomacy and diplomats Roles Offices Types Topics Documents Other topics
    Diplomatic leader titlesOther rolesClassification
    MultilateralBilateral-nationalBilateral-subnationalBilateral-insularBy portfolio (Attaché)
    • Permanent representative (United Nations)
    • Ambassador-at-Large
    • Resident Representative
    • Ambassador (High Commissioner, Nuncio)
    • Chargé d'affaires
    • Head of Mission
    • Deputy Chief of Mission
    • Consul
    • Resident (Resident Commissioner)
    • Envoy
    • Agent-General
    • Trade commissioner
    • Science attaché
    • Cultural attaché
    • Agricultural attaché
    • Air attaché
    • Conseiller Chargé des Investissements
    • Military attaché
    • Naval attaché
    • Legal attaché
    • Chargé de mission
    • Foreign minister
    • Diplomatic courier (Queen's Messenger)
    Diplomatic rank
    • High Commission
    • Embassy/Apostolic Nunciature
    • Legation
    • Consulate
    • De facto embassy
    • Diplomatic mission
    • Protecting power
    • Diplomatic corps
    • Consular corps
    • Defence diplomacy
    • Paradiplomacy
    • eDiplomacy
    • Freelance Diplomacy
    • Full Spectrum Diplomacy
    • Preventive diplomacy
    • Checkbook diplomacy
    • Coercive diplomacy
    • Commercial diplomacy
    • Guerrilla diplomacy
    • Gunboat diplomacy
    • New diplomacy
    • Public diplomacy
    • Stadium diplomacy
    • Pilgrimage diplomacy
    • Diplomatic accreditation
    • Diplomatic bag
    • Diplomatic cable
    • Diplomatic corps
    • Diplomatic credentials
    • Diplomatic history
    • Diplomatic illness
    • Diplomatic immunity
    • Diplomatic law
    • Diplomatic rank
    • Diplomatic service
    • Diplomatic uniform
    • Consular corps
    • Consular immunity
    • Consular assistance
    • Protocol
    • Exequatur
    • Letter of credence
    • Letter of protest
    • Twin towns and sister cities
    • Development aid (Agencies)
    • Parliamentary delegation
    Category
    • International relations portal

    Tags:1968, African, American, Cambridge, Chargé d'affaires, Greek, Heaven, India, New York, Second World War, Spain, United Nations, Vienna, Vienna Convention, Virginia, Wikipedia





    See All 3 items matching Diplomat in Media Gallery

    1926: Iranian diplomats arrive in Moscow for discussions
    Baghdad Iranian Embassy Jul, 10, 2009: Five Iranian Diplomats who were kidnapped and taken Hostage by U.S. military on Nov, 11, 2007 were finally released.
    Henry Rawlinson British Diplomat, ambassador to Persia 1859-1860

    See also items containing :Diplomat

    Add definition or comments on Diplomat

    Your Name / Alias:
    E-mail:
    Definition / Comments
    neutral points of view
    Source / SEO Backlink:
    Anti-Spam Check
    Enter text above
    Upon approval, your definition will be listed under: Diplomat





    Happy Amordadgan 1393

    Home About us / Contact    Products    Services    Iranian History Today    Top Iran Links    Iranian B2B Web Directory    Historical Glossary
    Copyright @ 2004-2013 fouman.com All Rights Iranian