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The Secret Negotiator: Cop26 must leave the old diplomacy behind

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So far, all the preparation work we have done has been beating around the bush – not much that is substantial is happening yet. The homework has been done very well, but only on the issues that are not very substantiv...

‘Pushing the nuclear envelope’: North Korea’s missile diplomacy

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North Korea’s recent missile launches signal that the regime has reverted to familiar tactics to attract the attention of the US. Although the rest of the world will take little comfort from this return to “normality”...

US is ‘opening a new era of relentless diplomacy’ says Joe Biden in UN speech – video

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Joe Biden has promised to the United Nations that the withdrawal from Afghanistan is a turning point in history, in which 'relentless war' would be supplanted by 'relentless diplomacy', pledging a renewed commitment t...

Joe Biden promises UN an end to ‘relentless war’ and the start of ‘relentless diplomacy’

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Joe Biden has promised to the United Nations that the withdrawal from Afghanistan is a turning point in history, in which “relentless war” would be supplanted by “relentless diplomacy”, pledging a renewed commitment t...

Regency nip and tuck … ‘new’ Constable portrait reveals the artist’s diplomacy

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A previously unknown painting by John Constable has been discovered, to the excitement of art historians. A portrait of a Regency woman in all her finery has not only been identified for the first time, but it has sur...

Diplomacy dialled up to 11: Australia saddles up with US as Indo-Pacific heads for cold war

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Ever flexible, ever the pragmatist, Scott Morrison started thinking about his new “forever partnership” with the United States and Britain 18 months ago while Australia was still tied to a $90bn contract with France t...

The Guardian view on Brexit diplomacy: thaw, not Frost

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It is usually worth paying more attention to what ministers do than what they say, especially when the subject is Europe. At the start of this week, the Brexit minister, David Frost, told the House of Lords that Brita...

China’s US ambassador pick shines light on debate over ‘wolf warrior’ diplomacy

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China’s appointment of a new ambassador to the US has shone a light on the ongoing debate among analysts about how Beijing communicates with its biggest competitor, the future of its “wolf warrior” diplomacy and how X...

The Chagos Islands: a millstone around the neck of British diplomacy

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Your editorial (The Guardian view on Britain and the Chagos Islands: time for justice, 1 June) made a powerful case for bringing an end to a relic of the cold war and 56 years of colonial rule. The Chagos dispute has ...

Boris Johnson ‘a clown’ with no diplomacy skills, says ex-deputy in diaries

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Boris Johnson’s former deputy at the Foreign Office has described him as an “embarrassing buffoon” in a new book. Sir Alan Duncan, the MP for Rutland and Melton from 1992 until the last election, said the prime minist...

Boris Johnson ‘a clown’ with no diplomacy skills, says ex-deputy in diaries

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Boris Johnson’s former deputy at the Foreign Office has described him as an “embarrassing buffoon” in a new book. Sir Alan Duncan, MP for Rutland and Melton from 1992 until the last election, said the prime minister w...

China butchers Aesop fable in latest act of wolf-warrior diplomacy

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A butchered Aesop’s Fable from the Twitter account of China’s embassy in Ireland has drawn mirth from observers and highlighted the growing sensitivity of Chinese diplomats to international criticism. As China engages...

China denies offer of ‘vaccine diplomacy’ deal to Paraguay

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Paraguay said its government had been approached by unofficial brokers claiming to offer access to Chinese-manufactured batches of Covid-19 vaccine in return for cutting diplomatic ties with Taiwan, although Beijing h...

Raab and Johnson show two faces of UK’s vaccine diplomacy

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Boris Johnson went out of his way this week not to blame Delhi for the later-than-expected arrival of 5m doses of the Oxford vaccine from India, which is contributing to a significant dip in supplies in April. “No, no...

Hostage diplomacy: when will Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe be free? – podcast

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has endured a five-year nightmare after being arrested and jailed in Iran while on holiday. But now as her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, and the Guardian’s Patrick Wintour explain, having serve...