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This article about the use of symbols, rituals, and ceremonies in diplomacy. It helps to better understand the essence and hidden meaning of diplomatic interactions and practice. The article describes the use of language, imagery, and ritual-related symbolism in international diplomacy.

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Diplomacy makes extensive use of symbols, rituals and ceremonies. However, symbolism in diplomacy can also be used formally and manipulatively. The study of the affective role of symbols, as well as symbolic insults in diplomatic and international social practice, is of both theoretical and practical interest.


Diplomatic symbolism can play a role in conflict resolution, creating common values and norms. In order to better understand diplomacy and diplomatic practice, this phenomenon requires further research in political, social and cross-cultural contexts.

Alisher Faizullaev
University of World Economy and Diplomacy

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This page is a summary of: Diplomacy and Symbolism, The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, January 2013, Brill, DOI: 10.1163/1871191x-12341254.
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