What Diplomats Do: The Life and Work of Diplomats

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Rowman & Littlefield, Jul 22, 2014 - Political Science - 216 pages
What do diplomats actually do? That is what this text seeks to answer by describing the various stages of a typical diplomat’s career. The book follows a fictional diplomat from his application to join the national diplomatic service through different postings at home and overseas, culminating with his appointment as ambassador and retirement. Each chapter contains case studies, based on the author’s thirty year experience as a diplomat, Ambassador, and High Commissioner. These illustrate such key issues as the role of the diplomat during emergency crises or working as part of a national delegation to a permanent conference as the United Nations. Rigorously academic in its coverage yet extremely lively and engaging, this unique work will serve as a primer to any students and junior diplomats wishing to grasp what the practice of diplomacy is actually like.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 The Candidate for a Diplomatic Career
13
3 Arrival at a New Post
23
4 Life in the Embassy
43
5 Life Overseas
61
6 Multilateral Diplomacy
75
7 Diplomacy in a Hostile Country
93
8 Dealing with Foreigners
105
10 Entertaining and Being Entertained
131
11 Service in the FCO at Home
155
12 A Dogs Life for the Spouse and the Kids?
175
13 Consular and Commercial Activities
193
Reflections on the Diplomatic Career
211
Index
227
About the Author
231
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9 Dealing with the Foreign Ministry from Abroad
121

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Sir Brian Barder, KCMG, had a distinguished career in the British Diplomatic Service, serving as ambassador to Ethiopia, the Republic of Bénin, and Poland, and as high commissioner to Nigeria and Australia. A former founding member with judicial status of the Special Immigration Appeals Commission, he has a popular blog (http://www.barder.com/ephems). He is an honorary visiting fellow at the University of Leicester Department of Politics and International Relations.

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