By G. R. Berridge
Like every professions, international relations has spawned its personal really expert terminology, and it truly is this lexicon which gives A Dictionary of Diplomacy's thematic backbone. even if, the dictionary additionally comprises entries on criminal phrases, political occasions, foreign corporations and significant figures who've occupied the diplomatic scene or have written influentially approximately it over the past part millennium. All scholars of international relations and comparable matters and particularly junior individuals of the various diplomatic prone of the area will locate this booklet crucial.
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Chancellery. (1) A ministry of *foreign affairs of a *major power. This was the meaning of this word when it was used before the First World War in the phrase ‘the Chancelleries of Europe’. (2) The political section of a *diplomatic mission. This was the sense in which it was sometimes used in the US Foreign Service until the 1960s, though the British usually insisted that this was wrong, not least because it caused confusion with the first meaning of ‘chancellery’. The proper term here, they felt, was *chancery.
The contemporary equivalent, perhaps, of nineteenth-century *gunboat diplomacy. See also coercive diplomacy. bottom line. The least for which a party to a *negotiation will settle; as far down as one can be pushed. See also sticking point. boudoir diplomacy. A manner of conducting business aspired to by certain ambassadors at courts where one or more women were influential, or where a queen or empress ruled, as for example in St Petersburg during the reign of Catherine II of Russia in the late eighteenth century.
An area lying between two hostile (and often recently-belligerent) states or groups in which neither of them maintains armed forces. There is thus a dividing zone of territory between their forces, which reduces the likelihood of accidental conflict and may contribute to a calmer disposition on one or both sides. However, to provide a form of guarantee that neither will take advantage of the buffer zone by suddenly introducing its forces into it, a neutral body – such as the UN – may be asked to establish a small and lightly armed *peacekeeping force into the zone.
A Dictionary of Diplomacy, Second Edition by G. R. Berridge