The Diplomacy Cable 12/12/2016

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.

 

Organ Trafficking in Egypt

The largest Egyptian international organ trafficking ring has been busted according to Cairo-Egyptian authorities. Asharq al-Awsat reports that the network had exploited patients enduring difficult economic conditions.

China’s Warning to Trump

China’s Foreign Ministry has made it clear that Taiwan remains a core interest to Beijing, in reaction to President-elect Donald Trump’s acceptance of a phone call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. Trump has expressed that the US does not have to continue its long-held policy for recognizing Taiwan as part of ‘one China’ reports Yahoo.

Brexit: Reaching a Deal in Time

European Union’s Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier said that time is running short for proposed negotiations. According to BBC, the UK will need to reach a deal by October 2018. Mr. Barnier says that there will only be 18 months to negotiate.

Trump’s Sea Wall Plan Withdrawn

Application for the coastal protection works near Trump International Golf Links and Hotel in Doonberg, County Clare has been withdrawn. RTE reports that the hotel proposed building a 2.8km sea wall to protect the golf resort. The Clare County Council confirmed that the revised plans do not include the previously proposed wall.

1 in 4 Children Live in Conflict or Disaster Zones

Thursday, the United Nations Children’s Fund said that more than a half-billion children live in countries affected by conflicts or other disasters. Many of these children live “without access to medical care, quality education, proper nutrition and protection,” reports NYT.

Diplomacy Fast Facts:

Where was the first US embassy opened?

The Hague.

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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