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The Entanglement of Diplomacy and Security: Beyond the Obvious

Didzis Klavins
University of Latvia
Didzis Klavins
University of Latvia
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Abstract

In the last twenty years, researchers have increasingly paid more attention to the study of diplomacy, as well as the main aspects of its relations with other phenomena of international politics. While many scientists have got onto the diplomacy bandwagon there is almost no discussion about diplomacy and security relations in the academic literature. In reality, the fact that research of both concepts has been neglected is – surprising - almost scandalous, considering the importance of diplomacy and security in world affairs. Although diplomacy has always been recognized as an essential element in the ongoing process of defining, maintaining and enhancing security, a fast changing global environment has put up obstacles for conducting research. It has made it difficult to see a number of essential aspects and cognitions of diplomacy and security relations. As a result, there is a lack of analytical research on diplomacy’s role in the maintenance stability on all security levels – international, regional, national and individual. Also there is almost no information about how security questions are changing the character of diplomacy in the 21st century. Thus, the underlying and overriding aim of the research is a call for a discussion on relations between diplomacy and security, and their dynamic relations nowadays. The author will analyse the current situation by using a new approach - "the model of coordinated synergy”.