By G. R. Berridge

Like any professions, international relations has spawned its personal really expert terminology, and it really is this lexicon which gives A Dictionary of Diplomacy's thematic backbone. in spite of the fact that, the dictionary additionally comprises entries on criminal phrases, political occasions, foreign organisations and significant figures who've occupied the diplomatic scene or have written influentially approximately it during the last part millennium. All scholars of international relations and similar topics and particularly junior contributors of the numerous diplomatic companies of the area will locate this booklet vital.

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Nevertheless, no secret is made of the fact that it receives a substantial ‘grant-in-aid’ from the *Foreign and Commonwealth Office and that its priorities and objectives are set in close consultation with it. broker. See mediation. bubble. A US Foreign Service term for an unusual room within a room in a diplomatic mission. It has transparent plastic walls specially coated in an attempt to make *bugging of conversations inside it impossible. At the time of the Reagan–Gorbachev *summit in Reykjavik in 1986 the US embassy in Iceland’s capital contained the smallest bubble that had yet been built, with capacity for only eight people.

Bismarck, Prince Otto von (1815–98). A Prussian diplomat and statesman. After a decade serving as a professional diplomat, Bismarck was appointed chief minister of Prussia in September 1862 (and only weeks later foreign minister as well), and is remembered chiefly for orchestrating the unification of Germany in 1871 and then, as Imperial Chancellor until 1890, for his role in holding the *balance of power (sense 2) in Europe. He believed that foreign policy should be based on interest rather than sentiment, that war should never be fought to a point where enemies were permanently alienated, and that all options should be preserved by practising diplomacy (sense 1) with any state with which Germany was at peace.

Conceived as the institutional memory, such persons have generally been expected to have an easy familiarity with local languages and customs and be a permanent fixture in their embassy. Sometimes but by no means frequently they are members of the *diplomatic staff. Most diplomatic services now employ such people, whether they go by this name (as in the French Diplomatic Service) or not, but their introduction was fiercely resisted by the British Diplomatic Service in the second half of the nineteenth century on the grounds that the lower social class origins of such people made them in fact untrustworthy.

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