The Diplomacy Cable 10/31/2016

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.

 

Sugar Raids in Egypt

9,920 tons of sugar have been seized by Egyptian authorities during the nationwide shortage. According to the BBC, “the sugar will be resold at subsidized prices through state-run outlets.” In recent weeks, sugar has almost disappeared from supermarket shelves.

Prime Minister of Montenegro Quits

Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic is allegedly stepping down according to Montenegro’s ruling party. According to BBC, “the party has nominated his deputy, Dusko Markovic, to take over.” There has yet to be a reason given for Mr. Djukanovic’s resignation.

Lebanese Parliament elects President after 29 months

Former army commander Michel Aoun was elected as President by the Lebanese parliament. This marks an end to the 29-month presidential vacuum. According to the Hindu, “the presidency is reserved for a Maronite Christian in the country’s sectarian power-sharing system.”

22 French Officers Accused of Genocide

22 French senior military officers have been accused of planning and executing the 1994 genocide by Rwanda’s government. More than 800,000 people were killed during that genocide. According to the Globe and Mail, “the French officers were involved both as perpetrators and accomplices, Rwanda’s National Commission for the Fight against Genocide.”

EU-Canada Trade Deal

An important free trade agreement between the European Union and Canada was signed on Sunday in Brussels. According to the CBC, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is praised by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as being “more inclusive and more progressive” for economic growth. Officials from both the EU and Canada remain positive the agreement will be ratified.

 

Diplomacy Fast Facts:

What year was the rank of “Ambassador” first awarded in the United States?

  1. Prior to this, the highest title was “Minister.”

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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