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Stephen Harper’s four rules of super-awesome diplomacy (Hint: More pandas.)


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TV shows like House of Cards make international diplomacy look tricky and nuanced. But it’s easy when you do it the Stephen Harper way! Just follow these four guidelines:
Be assertive.
In fact, be more than assertive; be aggressive to the point of recklessness. It’s important not to feel constrained by tired, old concepts like “respectful statecraft” or “getting results.”
Yes, some experts and all dictionaries insist that diplomacy is the art of dealing with people and governments in a sensitive and effective way. But that requires patience, co-operation and an inside voice.
Instead, take it from …read more

Source: Macleans

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