ONE OF THE ERRORS IN ATHENIAN DIPLOMACY
17.06.2017 \ 07:56 Reads: 2573
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.
SPAIN IN FRONT OF A HISTORIC CROSSROAD
23.01.2016 \ 13:11 Reads: 1916
For more than 40 years in the political arena of Spain two parties had been dominating, the People’s Party and the PSOE Party (Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party), which alternated in power. The last catalytic elections of December 20, 2015 resulted in a significant weakening of these traditional political forces and the emergence of new antiregime parties.
INSTABILITY ANYWHERE IS A THREAT TO STABILITY EVERYWHERE
16.01.2016 \ 00:00 Reads: 1823
“Because the world is so extraordinarily interconnected today – economically, technologically, militarily in every way imaginable – instability anywhere can be a threat to stability everywhere”. John Kerry was right in making these remarks as the regional developments today can easily grow into a global chaos.
AN ARMENIAN CARPET AND THE “WONDERS OF ARMENIA” BOOK PRESENTED TO HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS SOAMSAWALI OF THE KINGDOM OF THAILAND
27.08.2015 \ 10:33 Reads: 1787
The presentation which took place at the Rose Garden Palace, was within the context of appreciation of HRH Princess Soamsawali’s support of YMCA Bangkok and to convey the heartfelt donation in support of HRH Princess Soamsawali’s Charitable work to "Reduce the AIDS infection from Mother to the New-Born Baby" Program.
THE WEIGHT OF WORDS
03.07.2014 \ 11:46 Reads: 3656
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: 2926
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: 1641
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: 3093
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: 1943
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: 1713
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: 2578
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: 1637
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: 2518
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: 4563
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: 5775
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.
WHEN A TEAM MEMBER GOES AGAINST HIS OWN TEAM
28.09.2013 \ 00:19 Reads: 1750
Bismarck wrote that he never believed his intelligence officers, because they spent most of the time inventing stories to show how irreplaceable they were and proving that the money spent on them wasn’t wasted. And as the American General Douglas MacArthur said, "Expect only five percent of an intelligence report to be accurate.” Both Bismarck and MacArthur are obviously exaggerating.
IS THE AMBASSADOR REALLY AN HONORABLE SPY?
13.09.2013 \ 22:33 Reads: 1621
This question was first posed by the Dutch diplomat Abraham de Wicquefort in his L’Ambassadeur et ses fonctions (1860). It isn’t a rhetorical question.
THE EMS TELEGRAM, OR BISMARCK’S TRAP
27.08.2013 \ 00:47 Reads: 2940
Hunting is a game of its own kind; it’s a competition. The one who is more cunning, agile and resourceful wins. If the hunter is experienced in this game of power and intellect, he is able to lure the animal out of its hiding place and entrap it.
PROTOCOL IS POWERLESS WHEN IT COMES TO WOMEN
18.08.2013 \ 11:24 Reads: 2032
Diplomatic etiquette is part of the international relations protocol and its modes of expression have been cultivated and refined in the processes of development of intergovernmental communication.
MAKE SURE YOU DON’T MIX UP THE NAMES
13.08.2013 \ 14:57 Reads: 1724
Psychologists have found that a person is pleased when he hears his name, as it establishes the person’s identity, separates him from the rest, and forces others to acknowledge his individuality, which is not less important than the human instinct of survival. The state official has a similar reaction when others pronounce or spell out the name of his country. And conversely, one is filled with a deep frustration and displeasure when his or his country’s name is mispronounced or misspelled.