The Humanity of Diplomacy: People and Diplomacy in the Twenty-first Century
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Fresh Perspectives on Diplomacy Oct 13, 2009
By Zarrin Caldwell
I often feel overwhelmed with all the emphasis I see in the media on power-based politics and societies in conflict. Hence, this book and the University of Maryland Dialogue on which it was based--and which I had the pleasure to attend in late 2007--offer a breath of fresh air. Using a variety of historical examples, the book brings the role of religion, culture, individual relationship-building, consultation, and citizen-to-citizen connections back to the center of diplomacy where it belongs. The main synopsis of the Dialogue was that a peace treaty on paper will only go so far if the individuals and communities involved aren't transformed at some level. For citizen diplomats or students, this book will provide some insightful "out-of-the-box" thinking on the new range of skill sets needed for effective diplomacy in the 21st century.