HANDBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMACY

 

 

Jan.22, 2015

Handbook of International Diplomacy―The Authoritarian Edition: Conflate to Aggravate

Exploit superficial similarities of unrelated events to suggest that they are different manifestations of the same thing and thereby prove that contradictory reactions and/or attitudes towards them constitute hypocrisy. For example, you may think that the race related riots in Ferguson, USA  ...CONTINUE READIND>>

Dec.01, 2014

Handbook of International Diplomacy―The Authoritarian Edition: Diplomatic Schadenfreude or How To Score Points

There is a long tradition of authoritarian regimes finding great delight in the misfortunes of their adversaries, especially those that are self-inflicted. Diplomatic savoir-faire dictates of course that you refrain from public displays of smugness. Nonetheless, such occurrences are  ...CONTINUE READIND>>

Nov.19, 2014

Handbook of International Diplomacy―The Authoritarian Edition: Trouble in the UN

When faced with a concerted effort by an international alliance of your enemies to drag you to court (most likely the International Criminal Court), through the UN, for alleged human rights violations and general misbehavior, like the one currently waged against North Korea, there are some  ...CONTINUE READIND>>

Apr.29, 2014

Handbook of International Diplomacy―The Authoritarian Edition: THREATS 102

If you are threatening another sovereign entity with crippling measures that would severely impact on its economic and social fabric, there are two points to be addressed beforehand for optimum execution of your strategy. Firstly, avoid framing your threat as a cold-hearted blackmailing demand ...CONTINUE READIND>>

Apr.15, 2014

Handbook of International Diplomacy―The Authoritarian Edition: Telephone Calls With Adversaries

Phone calls with an antagonistic or even nominally friendly fellow leaders can be quite challenging due to the spontaneity and unpredictability of the dialectic communication. At all times be prepared to deal with criticisms, insinuations or accusations in a natural and becalmed manner. ...CONTINUE READING>>

Apr.09, 2014  | RUSSIAN GLAS•NOT

Handbook of International Diplomacy―The Authoritarian Edition: Vociferate to Precipitate

When your strategic planning relies on future outcomes that do not fall completely under your jurisdiction and/or involve your official dominion (in other words when there is no legitimate and expedient process of bringing them about) it is very helpful to borrow the paradigm of the Self-Improvement  ...CONTINUE READING >>

Apr.03, 2014 | ERDOĞAN

Handbook of International Diplomacy―The Authoritarian Edition: Elicit support from adversarial countries by using their own fears against you

If you are seeking to undermine oppositional movements threatening your position which operate abroad (for domestic cases refer to Handbook of Domestic Governance/Subjugation) feel free to co-opt the very same arguments used against you by the foreign entities. In this test case, you can observe Erdogan's levelheaded approach to convince Russia to "kick out" Gulen's local operatives by accusing them of stocking irredentism in favor a "Greater Turkey".

Mar.31, 2014 | INTERNATIONAL

Handbook of International Diplomacy―The Open Source Edition: CRITICISM - Rebuttals

In the event of criticism immediately rebut it by criticizing the criticism. In the event of criticism over your criticism, forcefully counteract it by criticizing the criticism over your criticism. In the event of criticism over your criticism over their criticism, sternly rebuke it by criticizing the criticism over your criticism over their criticism. Continue likewise in an escalating spiral of criticism until someone blinks or both sides forget how it started.  Case in point: China and Japan sparring over comments made by the Chinese President.

Mar.20, 2014 | INTERNATIONAL

Handbook of International Diplomacy―The Authoritarian Edition: CRITICISM - Relativity of Misfortunes

Always remember that the misfortunes of others are (or can be construed to be) worse than your own. Be prepared to ridicule adverserial foreign countries/people for problems/mishaps to deflect scrutiny from your own, much worse, track record. This test case of China critisizing France's air pollution, is a by-the-book initiative, succinct and effective. I have no idea though why they are calling Paris "gay". Maybe they are old-school linguists, leafing through colonially bequeathed dictionaries, or have been reading too many UKIP "meteorological statements"

Mar.17, 2014

Handbook of International Diplomacy―The Authoritarian Edition: How to craft declarations of annihilation that stand out

We can make allowances for the Russians' crassness in their nuclear annihilation threats due to inexperience ("We can bomb US into 'radioactive ash'"). They should immediately go through crash courses in armageddon-like swashbuckling declarations from the experts in this field, the North Koreans, who had the artistic ingenuity to depict a dream sequence of US devastation to the tune of “We Are the World”.

Feb.14, 2014 | INTERNATIONAL

Handbook of International Diplomacy―The Open Source Edition: Blowing off Steam

When in need of blowing off some bilateral steam on the diplomatic stage, choose a non-issue like an innocuous delicacy such as yogurt. Case in point, a bona-fide escalating diplomatic spat between USA & Russia over Greek yogurt is always a delight, especially when the tug of war of diplomacy  ...CONTINUE READING>>

Feb.19, 2013 | KIM SQUARED

Handbook of International Diplomacy―The Authoritarian Edition: THREATS 101

When issuing international threats forthrightness & scope of vision is essential to establish your credbility to your oppenent nations or entities. Lukewarm and insipid intimidations are interpreted as telltale signs of indecison, internal disagreement and, crucially, weakness. ...CONTINUE READING>>

Jun.14, 2012 | ASSAD

Handbook of International Diplomacy―The Open Source Edition: How to Brag without Bragging

When you are accused of civilian massacres you would think that using the verb "cleanse" is not such a bright idea. But on the contrary such terminology is ideal for implicitly taunting your foes in a mastermindedly meta-propaganda agenda of subverting perception of reality. And you later always blame your poor english.

U.N. Kept Out of a Town That Syria Says It ‘Cleansed’

Feb.09, 2012

Handbook of International Diplomacy―The Authoritarian Edition: Semantic Manipulation Caution

Diplomatic-speak is universally acknowledged to be a loftier and more tactful version of regular communiqués and to require some interpretations in order to peel off the polished emballage. Use this axiom to its logical extreme by articulating the complete opposite of your true intent or even to disguise the absent of any intent whatsoever.       ...CONTINUE READING>>

Aug.09, 2012 | KIM SQUARED

Handbook of International Diplomacy―The Authoritarian Edition: INSULTS 101

When considering how to respond to grave insults do not choose the conventional way of refuting them but instead use reverse psychology and embrace them. Simultaneously, in order to exact your revenge kick a fuss over something completely innocuous thereby projecting resolve  ...CONTINUE READING>>

Nov.15, 2011 

Handbook of International Diplomacy―The Authoritarian Edition: How to Bust the International Prize Racket

In the harsh realities of International Award Distinctions, where the established ones go the "regular crowd" (Peace Nobel to the EU) and more "quirky" regimes are usually shunned, it is recommended for the latter countries to offset this injustice by flooding the prize market with new Titles. This has the double advantage of corroding the monopoloid value of the established awards and to cast new light/spin on actions or policies seen as suspect. In the most recent such initiative by the Chinese, Putin is awarded the Confucius Peace Prize for his decision to go to war in Chechnya. Assad came close second for his policy of peaceful civilian slaughter.

For Putin, a Peace Prize for a Decision to Go to War