Diplomacy: the art that is intentionally missing

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Run of ideas or even worse: run of political will for making global alliances?

Diplomacy has always been paramount for building constructive international relations, however it has never been so low rated as it is now. Isolationism as it conceived by nationalists are taking over the global political stage, destroying all efforts of alliances, trying to “sell” a world in which relations comes from “political friendship” more than a solid structure in which there is international joint action against multiple crises. We have recent examples with Trump and the bases of their foreign policies around a framework of “good friends”. An amazing way to focus a diplomacy strategy, although a very useful resource that could be seen mainly in dictatorships, in which the best ally is not diplomacy but “political friendship” .

Diplomacy is the only hope, although a weak tool in the hands of unprepared leaders that is not showing their potential and the real power to make a change.

Indeed, in current times of chaos it seems that Diplomacy has become that rare element ineffective and disempowered that doesn’t own the political global process. The political arena is currently patrimony of different interests that are not coherent with a stable ideological pillar but with an opportunistic message. Most of it transmitted under populist marketing strategies that represent other interests that differ from a common goal of global resilience.

Diplomacy is not what it used to be…and diplomats are not the same. An institution that becomes decadent tied up to a shadow power that doesn’t deliver the revolutionary work that is meant to be. As a consequence it becomes irrelevant and is only guided by specific goals based on private interests and conditioned through the shift politician. Were are not under that historical flourish diplomacy that change history and mark new stages in the world. In times of Kissinger there was a display of visionary diplomacy, which marked the beginning of a new stage of international relations particularly with China and Russia. Nowadays instead, bilateralism and countries tendency for introspection mark the road of this decade.

The art of diplomacy its about skilful leaders not populist profiles that move from exclusively national/private interests.

Diplomacy is the “art” of making alliances and build political relations that it turns out to be solid economic-financial systems. Is it through that “art” that international relations become a tool for achieving growth and a way to keep societies innovative and updated for facing new challenges. It is a duty from governments and a legitimate demand form citizens for building a resilient political apparatus.

Isolationist’s strategies have created of this demands a challenge hard to overcome if is not by a revolutionary citizenship engagement. In which leadership is the essential element for achieving a skillful and profitable framework of international relations that goes further than a few bilateral agreements, as it seems the main proposal from nationalists.

The decadence of the diplomatic system is the decadence of the global model and marks the need to make reforms and go back to those times in which diplomacy leads the stage.

Diplomacy delivers a sense of ownership in each country changing current feeling of isolation furthered by leaders that disguise their weakness through bilateral agreements that do not need expertise or special charisma.

 The power of diplomacy is an underestimated tool that is being replaced by the power of extreme nationalism with a populist message that pretend to defend sovereignty by leaders without capacity of being resilient. Is precisely flexibility and openness that a leader ought to hold in these historical times. Two skills that lead to the best resource for facing a multiple crises world: global diplomacy.

 

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