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10 Hague J. Dipl. 1 (2015)

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Diplomatic Challenges in a Crisis World


The objective of this forum is to provide a framework for intellectual exchange and
debate about the role of diplomacy in negotiating global crises and the impact of such
crises on the evolution of diplomatic leadership, identity and method. Drawing on
theories of leadership, decision-making, power and crisis management, the five con-
tributions to this forum invite readers to reflect upon the analytical implications of
theorizing crisis diplomacy.


crisis diplomacy - leadership - decision-making - power - raison contre de systime


Diplomacy  has an intimate and longstanding relationship with international
crises. The institution of the resident ambassador was created, inter alia, for
preventing the emergence of conflicts and negotiating ways out of crises. It was
meant  to serve as a check and a means of raising the alarm when political ten-
sions between sovereigns perilously deviated from 'business as usual', or, when
this failed, to practise 'continuous negotiation' under conditions of war. This
aspiration remains valid today, but questions increasingly arise as to whether
the growing complexity and interconnectedness of the global system actually
deprives diplomacy of critical assets for effectively managing international cri-
ses or requires practitioners to develop new diplomatic skills. Whatever the

@ KONINKLIJKE BRILL NV, LEIDEN, 2015  DOI 10.1163/1871191X-12341291

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