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2 March 2011 11:10

  • The London School of Economics is rapidly divorcing itself from its links with Qadhafi.
  • The US State Department suggests there is a 'realistic' chance the US will ratify the CTBT.
  • A painting & photo essay of revolutions from 1688 till today.
  • A new book is out reassessing John Curtin and his foreign policy ideals. Here is an excerpt.
  • Why do revolutions so often take professional diplomats by surprise'

By emphasizing the relations between states and governments over contacts with the opposition or civil societies (when they exist in an identifiable form), traditional diplomacy has created for itself a handicap that is difficult to overcome. By requiring their diplomats to limit their contacts with “alternative” sources of information in a country, in order to avoid antagonizing despotic regimes, governments irremediably limit diplomats’ ability to see change coming, even when it is so close that nothing can be done.

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