The Role of Diplomacy

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the role of diplomacy is to conduct negotiations between representatives of groups or states. It is mostly referred to as international diplomacy, the conduct of international relations through the intercession of professional diplomats with regard to issues of peace-making, trade, war, economics, culture, environment and human rights. Personal diplomacy can be defined as Personal investment of a leader into constructing, conducting and/or maintaining a diplomacy relationonship/process. It may be done for the state, another state, or an issue. It usually occurs for several reasons e.g to supplement or replace conventional inter--‐state consultations, maybe necessary in time of crisis e.t.c An example will be Paul Keating using personal diplomacy to restore Australia-Indonesia relation. Indonesia’s largest nearest neighbor is Australia which traditionally had turbulent relations with Indonesia. Indonesia had confronted Malaysia over territorial claim and Australia came to the rescue by sending troops to defend Malaysia against Indonesia. In 1998 there was a turning point in Australia- Indonesia relationship due to the overthrow of Suharto. In 1991 Prime Minister Paul Keating decided that economic diplomacy was not enough. He said Economics cannot flourish without political engagement to secure trust and build regional security and stability. The tenacious fear that Australians had of Asia as a cultural threat had to be broken. In 1990 East Asia was the fastest growing region in the world which represented the new Asia. In 1991 Paul Keating paid a visit to Indonesia to show how important relations were while using a specific diplomatic technique. His objective was to create arch of friendly nations on Australia’s northern border. While he was visiting he made no demands or stated his objectives. In the next 4 years Keating met with Suharto 5 times after weaving web
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