21.1 The previous chapters in this book have largely discussed diplomacy as conducted on a bilateral basis between States. The 5th edition referred to the startling changes which in modern times had affected the pace and methods of diplomacy and noted the new phenomenon of diplomacy by conference based on permanent organizations meeting regularly and serviced, not by officials of member governments or of the government of the country in which the conference is held, but by independent international staffs of their own. In the subsequent 30 years modern...
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