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Iver B. Neumann

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449932

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449932.001.0001

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To Be a Diplomat

To Be a Diplomat

(p.94) 4 To Be a Diplomat
At Home with the Diplomats

Iver B. Neumann

Cornell University Press

This chapter addresses the question of what it is to be a diplomat. Being a diplomat means doing what is expected of you according to what is acknowledged to be a bureaucratic story (though it is not actually called bureaucratic). It means managing alternate nomadic treks known as postings with stints at home in such a way that your superiors promote you and you appear to be a hero; a career diplomat worthy of the name. It means incorporating a mediating function in such a degree that you do not spring into action unless it is deemed necessary by those on behalf of whom you mediate, i.e. when politicians think that action should be taken. It concludes that to be a diplomat is to be a self-effacing mediator.

Keywords:   diplomats, diplomacy, polity, information gathering, diplomatic service, foreign relations, diplomatic career, mediator

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