Challenges of Diplomatic Representation
1. A recurring feature that characterises many diplomatic efforts is that the diplomatic agents must demonstrate an absolute strong character while keeping in mind that their actions require the most exquisite courtesy. However, it is evident that the practice of contemporary diplomacy cannot be confined only to this traditional-yet-effective method.
2. Diplomatic practice has become complex and difficult to execute since it requires, now more than before, the deft handling of intelligence and tact.
3. Far from reducing the scope of diplomacy, globalization diversifies and expands it. The practitioners of diplomacy should be aware that a deeper knowledge of international relations certainly leads to prudence. In the expanding globalized scenario there is no room for haphazardness and inconsistency and the diplomat must generate the required firmness to defend and promote the interests of the State.
4. An ambassador should receive information about the country and government to which he will be accredited. This must include the diplomatic norms practised in that country and the relevant guidelines of that State’s foreign policy.
5. Diplomacy is, at present, a collective effort. Its indispensable efficacy and safety are subject to the capacity and quality of its executors. In this scenario the consistency of diplomacy is a key principle in dealing with the diversity and complexity of issues.
6. The formulation and subsequent implementation of foreign policy of the state often depend on the respective fundamental interests of the nation in the international arena. In accordance with domestic law of each country, usually the Head of State, with the help of his Minister for Foreign Affairs, is responsible for the formulation and conduct of foreign policy. Diplomacy today is the supreme instrument f execution of that policy.
7. Given the crucial importance acquired by the international relations in the current historical juncture, it is essential that a Head of State must regularly interact with other Heads of State. A State’s diplomatic strength is usually advanced when the Head of State is recognized regionally and internationally his vast knowledge in international affairs.
8. The international prestige of a country depends on the foreign policy conducted. That quality of foreign policy is largely conditional on the knowledge, skill and experience in specific areas, and also its representatives abroad whose duty is to safeguard, protect and promote their country’s interests.
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