Today’s seminar was very thought-provoking.  Although I have no current plans of pursuing a diplomatic career, it was interesting to learn how one goes about it.  For instance, the speaker, Jorge Fuentes Monzonis-Vilallonga (who was the Ambassador of Spain in Bulgaria), stated that careers in diplomacy have a number of ranks, like the military.  These ranks range from Secretary of Embassy, Chief Minister, and Ambassador.  However, I’m not sure that the military is the best institution to model diplomacy since the point of diplomacy is (or at least should be) peace.  Nevertheless, it was very interesting to see how diplomacy is used in the pursuit of peace.

Additionally, he mentioned that there were the following, different types of diplomacy:

Dilateral:  the most common and most traditional, these embassies are offices that opened in another country and are under the command of an ambassador (which includes all things political, economic, cultural, military, etc.).

Anomaly:  such as in Catalunya, Andalucia, and other communities, these embassies include Embassies of the State.

Multilateral:  recently created organizations gaining importance, such as, NATO, OSCE, ASEAN, Arab League, etc.

Ad Hoc Diplomacy:  Embassadors are appointed for special missions, such as, the conflict in Afganistan or the rescue of kidnapped citizens.

Itinerant:  visiting heads of state, prime ministers, and ministers that resolve problems between countries.

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