ONE OF THE ERRORS IN ATHENIAN DIPLOMACY
17.06.2017 \ 07:56 Reads: 1349
In 507 BCE, the Athenians sent a delegation to Persia asking for help to subdue the Spartans. This was one of the fatal and unforgivable errors in the history of Athenian diplomacy.
THE WEIGHT OF WORDS
03.07.2014 \ 11:46 Reads: 3031
The significance of the word, both uttered and written, in diplomatic relations is immense. The forefathers of classical diplomacy in ancient Greece understood this very well. The knowledge of the word was greatly appreciated. The Athenian philosopher and orator Demosthenes, who lived two and a half thousand years before us, said...
HOW THE ARMY OF NAGORNO-KARABAKH OCCUPIED CHINA
07.05.2014 \ 23:37 Reads: 2266
The golden rule in interpretation is that the interpreter must accurately transfer the meaning from one language into another. There is no other way. And yet there have been cases when the interpreter has interpreted the exact opposite of the original meaning, which can be justified.
DE GAULLE SAVES TROYANOVSKY, AND KHRUSHCHEV SAVES ARAKELYAN
05.04.2014 \ 16:21 Reads: 1028
But the task of Stalin’s and Khrushchev’s interpreters, for example, must have been tortuous. They had to deal with fear in the first case, and non-regulated language in the second.
GADDAFI PAYS A VISIT TO HIS “BROTHER” BREZHNEV
16.03.2014 \ 19:57 Reads: 2248
In the 1970s, the Soviet diplomats were courting the Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, who reminded of a tragicomic hero whose actions always culminated in terrorism, human deaths, and international scandals.
SWISS NEUTRALITY, OR ARMENIAN TANDEM
07.03.2014 \ 23:50 Reads: 1240
The question of owning or producing weapons of mass destruction has been the subject of anxiety among the superpowers since World War II. They have tried to control and bloc the djin that is now out of the bottle because of them.
AN AMBASSADOR WHO WAS SOUNDING THE BATTLE HORN
02.03.2014 \ 23:46 Reads: 940
Even a schoolchild knows that every minister must work in the realm that he has been assigned to. Thus, the minister of education must make sure that students are receiving a good education, the minister of agriculture—that planting and harvesting are done on time, the minister of defense—that the country is protected from enemy incursions. In other words, they each have their own function.
HUMOR HELPS WARM DIPLOMACY
07.02.2014 \ 15:19 Reads: 1491
But if we listen to certain prominent men we would think that diplomats are devoid of this divine gift, because they are dry, strict, and introverted people who are strangers to laughter. Balzac and Goethe have thought rather negatively about diplomats, considering them "literal pedants,” while Marcel Proust has called them "as boring as the rain.”
HOW THE AMBASSADOR’S COOK TURNED INTO A “CROOK”
23.01.2014 \ 00:51 Reads: 962
They used to joke at the Soviet Ministry of Foreign Affairs: "You only need to know two things to work as a diplomat: a foreign language and how to drive a car.”
COMPLETE NONSENSE ABOUT STALIN, CHURCHILL, AND GEORGIAN COGNAC
16.11.2013 \ 11:50 Reads: 1731
The undeniable proof of the superiority of socialism, Soviet foreign policy and diplomacy was Lenin’s "victory” over national politics, which had "secured” the brotherhood and eternal friendship between the Soviet nations. The collapse of the Soviet Empire revealed the defects of that "friendship,” heightened the hidden conflicts between the nations and their regional, historical, economic, and cultural disagreements.
RICE, CHESS, AND DIPLOMACY ON THE ROYAL CARPET
09.11.2013 \ 11:44 Reads: 3787
In 1969 Yerevan was celebrating the centenary of the great Armenian poet Hovhannes Tumanyan. It was a grand celebration of international scale. A government committee had been formed, however the event was being organized by the Minister of Culture Kamo Udumyan, who was one of the most active figures in social life and politics, and whose energy and unconventional methods surprised and even terrified the parochial functionaries and dogmatists.
BEING PROUD OF THEM IS NOT NATIONAL GLOATING
11.10.2013 \ 11:40 Reads: 5089
One of the most common traits of small nations is to claim great world dignitaries as "their own.” If they announced an international competition in this "sport,” Armenians would certainly win the game. According to our compatriots, Shakespeare, Napoleon, Goethe, and Griboedov among others are of Armenian descent.