n Journal for Contemporary History - Deconstructing quiet diplomacy : pinning down the elusive concept

Volume 33, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-2422
  • E-ISSN: 2415-0509



The purpose of diplomacy has traditionally been to avoid military action. Diplomacy is vitally important in preventing war and maintaining peace because skilful negotiation can deter violence from being used in an effort to settle an argument. Should war break out regardless, negotiation is still crucial if peace can eventually be achieved. Diplomacy also seeks to persuade or compel through the conveyance of threats, promises, codes and symbols.

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