B S. Murty

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This article presents a contextual analysis of the international diplomatic process, the initial part of a policy-oriented study of international diplomacy.1 The central concern of this writing is authoritative decisions, both in the past and in the future, and the policies that should guide this process in attaining a preferred world public order. To appreciate the policy issues underlying decisions, however, one must understand the contexts in which the decisions are made. To clarify how diplomatic decisions are made, this article will analyse the participants in the diplomatic process, the perspectives that they have, the arenas in which the process occurs, the base values and strategies employed by the actors, together with the outcomes and effects of the process.

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