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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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Conclusion: Diplomatic knowledge

Conclusion: Diplomatic knowledge

(p.169) Conclusion: Diplomatic knowledge
At Home with the Diplomats

Iver B. Neumann

Cornell University Press

This concluding chapter summarizes key themes and presents some final thoughts. It argues that the exponential growth in international, transnational, and nongovernmental organizations has increased the number of people who, though not diplomats traditionally understood, are nonetheless engaged in practices akin to diplomatic ones. Such people are producing knowledge that is often in direct competition with the kind of knowledge that diplomats traditionally attempted to monopolize. This is referred to as “globalization.” The chapter speculates about how globalization may be changing the face of diplomacy. It identifies a possible move away from a reactive kind of knowledge production which sprang from certainty about the supremacy of the state, in favor of a forward-leaning kind where the point is actively to change the way people represent global issues, wherever those people may be found. Diplomacy certainly does not stand still. An emerging global polity seems to be generating its own kind of diplomatic knowledge.

Keywords:   diplomats, diplomacy, globalization, knowledge production, diplomatic service

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