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By Iver B. Neumann

The 2010 WikiLeaks unencumber of 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables has made it eminently transparent that there's a sizeable gulf among the general public face of international relations and the critiques and activities that happen in the back of embassy doorways. In At domestic with the Diplomats, Iver B. Neumann deals remarkable entry to the interior workings of a international ministry. Neumann labored for a number of years on the Norwegian Ministry of overseas Affairs, the place he had an up-close view of ways diplomats behavior their company and the way they understand their very own practices. during this ebook he indicates us how international relations is carried out on a daily basis.

Approaching modern international relations from an anthropological viewpoint, Neumann examines a few of the features of diplomatic paintings and perform, together with immunity, everlasting illustration, diplomatic sociability, accreditation, and problems with gender equality. Neumann indicates that the diplomat operating out of the country and the diplomat at domestic are engaged in diverse modes of information creation. Diplomats within the box concentration totally on amassing and processing details. by contrast, the diplomat dependent in his or her domestic capital is stuck up within the likely never-ending construction of texts: stories, speeches, place papers, and so on. Neumann leaves the reader with a prepared feel of the practices of international relations: family members with international ministries, mediating among different people's positions whereas integrating own right into a cohesive complete, adherence to obligatory exercises and agendas, and, certainly, the new release of data. but while they arrive to grasp such quotidian projects, diplomats are frequently known as upon to do unheard of issues, corresponding to negotiating peace.

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