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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Diplomacy

Eduardo Jara Roncati

Subject(s):
Consular relations — Consulates — Diplomatic immunity — Diplomatic relations — Heads of state and other senior officials — Ancient Times to 1648

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 According to Satow’s classic definition, diplomacy is the application of intelligence and tact to the conduct of official relations between the governments of independent States, extending sometimes also to other relations with vassal States. But in stricto sensu, looking at the most precise and technical meaning of this concept, it is a science as well as an art, with one specific purpose: to accomplish foreign policy in the most accurate way, trying to persuade the counterpart ( Maresca 54 ). As a peaceful alternative to war, one of its main functions is the...
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