The Diplomacy Cable 02/27/2017

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.

 

Appeal against Genocide Ruling

Bosnia has asked the top United Nations court to reconsider its ruling on clearing Serbia of genocide in the 1990s. Though Serbia was cleared of any direct responsibility by the International Court of Justice in 2007, Bosnian president Bakir Izetbegovic is still seeking “truth and justice.” However, Bosnian Serb officials in the country fear this could trigger a “serious crisis,” according to the BBC.

Netanyahu Goes to Oz

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made his first state visit to Australia this week. The Australian reports Netanyahu saying he felt he was in the “friendliest country possible,” and that “there’s no better friend for the state of Israel” than Australia. This visit comes at a time when Netanyahu is facing a lot of criticism for his stance on the West Bank settlements, but he feels he found friends among the Australians

A Trump-Trudeau Phone Call

President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau engaged in a phone call to discuss cooperation on the US-Canada border. Many border communities in Manitoba and Quebec have experienced great strain from asylum seekers crossing over from the US. At this point, Canadian officials are not worried because the number of asylum seekers is small, but the BBC reports the government has faced calls in the last few weeks to address the refugee issue.

Restricting Funding to North Korea’s Weapons Program

During talks in Washington, senior officials from United States, South Korea and Japan discussed how to restrict funding for North Korea’s weapons program. Reuters reports, that North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile program “directly threaten the security” of all three countries.

Asian Economic Powers

After President Trump’s rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, Asian economic powers are set to negotiate a new trade deal. According to NPR, the countries participating represent half the world’s population and a third of global trade.

 

Diplomacy Fast Facts:

What former president almost served as US Ambassador to the United Nations?

George H.W. Bush.

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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