If Western diplomacy has a role to play it will have to
be discreet and carefully considered, always bearing in
mind that the governing rule of diplomats, like that of
doctors, must be first, do no harm. ( Monteagle)
This thought, taken form The Clash of the Civilizations
article, succinctly puts forth the ideas that I, as a diplomat
learned throughout the Nations Game simulation. Diplomacy
carries out the policy that nations have set. In order to carry
out policy diplomats must use tactics and strategies within
prescribed guidelines. The primary tool, which was most often
used during the nations simulation, was negotiation.
diplomacy is secret, though results are usually made public.
The goal of diplomacy is to further the states interests
without causing resentment. Diplomacy is an alternative to war
to achieve a nations goals. Its weapon is words. Diplomacy
may employ persuasive threats, but is usually peaceful.
Diplomacy seeks to strengthen the state, gaining advantages and
allies while neutralizing its opponents.
Thus, it tries to
create good will toward the state it represents (Britannica).
The role of diplomacy during the nations simulation was very
important. Envoys had to be shrewd. In order to further ones
country, the diplomat had to know exactly what they needed and
not back down. For example, the country of Libertania decided
early on that it must concentrate on point totals. Political
alliances were of secondary importance to them.
were less focused on good will toward other countries, but more
on setting up trade appointments. When rumors of war began to
brew, Libertania immediately looked at point totals and choose a
country strong in military to ally with. Ideological alliances
were not at the forefront of Libertanias strategy. Libertanian
women were concerned about slavery and conditions of women in
other countries, but were more concerned about our own country
progressing economically. Once Libertania was in a strong
economic state , then it could use diplomats to bring their
political beliefs to the continent.
Outside sources, such as the World Council, at first glance
thought Libertania had diplomatic failures.
However, it was
the complete opposite. Libertania was able to move forward
through diplomatic treaties. For example, counties such as
Crock gave Libertania hundreds of point totals in exchange for
signing an ecological preserve pact to protect the Vastlands.
Libertania gave up claims to both Land disputes which to
outsides seemed to be foolish, costly mistakes. Conversely,
they were ingenious maneuvers which allowed Libertania to
collect more points. Other countries were delighted to trade us
hundreds of point totals for a piece of land that would only
yield a couple hundred points.
One treaty with Zamboni was a
clear victory for Libertania. The pact included a trade of some
squirtite that was abundant in Libertania and a land dispute in
return for guerrillas, the Presidents daughter and a female
diplomat. Libertania gained 600 points for the acquisition of a
female diplomat alone, so the loss of the land meant nothing to
the country. Despite the written and signed treaty Zamboni
claimed that the female diplomat did not agree to defect,
therefore breaking the agreement. Libertania decided that if
Zamboni was going to break part of the pact, all components were
null and void. The dispute almost went before the world
However, at the last moment war was declared against
Zamboni and they promised Libertania the female diplomats and
extra points in return for our vote. A similar type of
situation is currently occurring across the globe. The United
States is trying to take back parts of previous agreements with
Russia, previously the USSR. Russia contends, that if one
treaty is invalid because there is no longer a USSR, then all
arrangements between the two superpowers are groundless.
Diplomacy is an extremely important part of International
Relations for the future. A democratic government is only as
strong as its institutions (Copeland).
One of the strongest
institutions is that of the diplomat. William C. Harrop, author
of The Infrastructure of American Diplomacy, asserts, The next
president of the United States, first to take office in the
twenty-first century, will be more dependent upon diplomacy than
his predecessors. Nevertheless, since 1992 the United States
has systematically reduced its appropriations for the conduct of
foreign relations. With the absence of Cold War threat
diplomatic reparations have be decreased. Still, although there
are no immediate threats to national security diplomacy should
be at the forefront of funding.
Diplomacy is prevention, the
first line of defense. This is clearly seen in the Nations
simulation. Spartonia severely lacked good diplomats. That may
have been part of the reason that war .