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In Pursuit of Crisis Diplomacy
The Hague Journal of Diplomacy (2015)
  • Costas M. Constantinou, University of Cyprus
Diplomacy is increasingly practised under conditions of perennial crisis. By
identifying a crisis situation, diplomatic interaction is framed in terms of escalating
threat, uncertainty and urgency. Under crisis conditions, diplomats
are multi-tasked to engage extra-carefully with stakeholders, more precisely
to communicate with them and the public, but also to defuse the crisis and
contain its impact, negotiate ways and terms of disengagement, and, where
appropriate, to seize opportunities for change or gain. Still, less recognized and
discussed is a major puzzle complicating the pursuit of crisis diplomacy —
specifically, how its practice entails not just crisis management but crisismaking
and sustaining.
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Costas M. Constantinou. "In Pursuit of Crisis Diplomacy" The Hague Journal of Diplomacy Vol. 10 Iss. 1 (2015)
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