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Unformatted text preview: t RADITIONAL FOREIGN POLICY HAS given way to government-to- government negotiations over the past thirty years, radically altering the context within which Foreign Offices across the developed world operate. The communications revolution, together with economic and social globalisation, has blurred traditional boundaries between the domestic and international. Every government department is now engaged in multilateral diplomacy, dealing directly with opposite numbers in other national administrations, often without keeping embassies fully informed of the business they are transacting. More ministers, from more departments, travel to foreign capitals far more often. An explosion of staff attached to overseas posts from law enforcement agencies, deals with drug- and people-smuggling, money laundering, transnational criminal and terrorist networks. Mass travel and global communications have made migration a PAGE 22 THEWORLDTODAY.ORG FEBRUARY 2008 DIPLOMACY WILLIAM WALLACE LIBERAL DEMOCRAT SPOKESMAN ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS AND DIRECTOR OF STUDIES AT Foreign Oce Futures Foreign ministries are more used to reporting on revolutions than being caught up in them. But now long- standing diplomatic practice faces its biggest challenge for generations. In an increasingly electronic environment, foreign services are squeezed between ambitious presidents and prime ministers who seek the limelight and the way domestic issues have become increasingly international. | INDEPENDENT THINKING ON INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS CHATHAM HOUSE UNTIL 1990 sensitive political issue, and the issuing of visas and passports a major preoccupation for some posts. Millions of citizens holidaying or living abroad have imposed new demands on consular work, often under immediate and harsh media scrutiny. Immigration control extends well beyond national borders, through bilateral and multilateral cooperation. For example, one thousand British immigration and borders officers work in France and on joint maritime patrols in the Mediterranean. The internationalisation of manufacturing and services has complicated export promotion and economic diplomacy. British and German suppliers benefit as much as French when the French president signs an Airbus contract with China. Through sovereign wealth funds, foreign states have become minor shareholders in American and British banks, British ports, Italian and German companies. Above all, the developed democracies operate in a much more multilateral international framework. The most extensive and active is the European Union (EU); its 29 states making up more than half the membership of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) the institutional framework for economic cooperation among democratic states with open market economies....
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This note was uploaded on 02/01/2012 for the course POLS 494 taught by Professor Garymoncrief during the Fall '11 term at Boise State.
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