The Diplomacy Cable
With the invention of the telegraph cables in the 19th century, international consulates and embassies began sending shorter encrypted telegrams, using Morse Code. While the messages are now sent electronically, the moniker “cable” stuck and the term is still in use today for shorter, encrypted diplomatic messages.
Birds on a Plane
A photo of 80 birds of prey flying on an airliner has gone viral after originally being posted on the website Reddit. BBC reports the birds were being flown to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for a hunting trip, and it is apparently quite common for Middle Eastern airlines to transport hunting birds.
Trump vs Turnbull
After a phone call between President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, the possibility of a rift in US-Australian relations has risen. The two leaders discussed a refugee policy that was created between Turnbull and former president Barack Obama, reports the New York Times, and Trump tweeted his anger about this agreement after reportedly hanging up on Turnbull.
Abandoned Campaign Promises
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has abandoned his campaign promise to reform Canada’s electoral system, which is something he promised would be in place by the 2019 election during his campaign in 2015. According to the Guardian, this decision came about in a mandate letter from Trudeau to the minister of democratic institutions saying changing the system would not be in her mandate.
The Sapphire Queen
On February 6, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 65th year as the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom. She became the longest reigning monarch in 2015, surpassing her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria, and she celebrated the jubilee in private at her Sandringham Estate, reports BBC. Royal gun salutes across London commemorated the occasion.
Trump’s Foreign Policy – Unclear
According to CNN, “while the emerging Trump doctrine is based on uncompromising presidential strength, the foreign policies that will define his administration are much less clear.” The question remains whether or not the White House actually represents a change in America’s policy abroad.
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Patricia Mace is a second semester graduate student at Seton Hall University. She is currently pursuing her dual master’s degrees in Diplomacy and International Relations and Strategic Communications. She received her undergraduate degrees from University of Delaware.
Erin Dobbs is a second year graduate student at Seton Hall University. She is pursuing her master’s degree in diplomacy and international relations with specializations in foreign policy analysis and global negotiation and conflict management. She received her undergraduate degree in political science and history from Villanova University.
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