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The Diplomacy Cable 1/30/2017

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.


Canada’s Response to Trump – Refugees Welcome

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada welcomes refugees who have been rejected from the US, in response to President Donald Trump’s immigration ban. According to the Independent, Prime Minister Trudeau intends to discuss Canada’s successful refugee and immigration policy with Mr. Trump.

UN Condemns Settlement Plans in West Bank

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in response to housing needs that Israel plans to build 2,500 more homes in the West Bank. The United Nations (UN) has condemned Israel’s plan. This is the second announcement made by Israel since Donald Trump took office, reports BBC.

Trump’s Immigration Order

The current U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates has told the justice department not to defend President Trump’s immigration order. According to BBC, hundreds of US diplomats have drafted a “dissent cable”. Protests have sparked in the US and abroad as the order bans nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries.

President Duterte Orders Police ‘Cleanse’

After the alleged brutal killing of a South Korean businessman, President Duterte calls for a total overhaul of the Philippine National Police. According to CNN, the man was supposedly murdered by rogue cops. Duterte has apologize to South Korea, and has taken actions to dissolve anti-drug units with the police force.

Dutch Respond to Trump

After Donald Trump’s announcement to bring back a Reagan-era policy known as the “global gag rule,” the Netherlands has created a plan to set up an international safe abortion fund. Twenty countries have already indicated their support for the plan, and Dutch international development minister Lilianne Ploumen said the aim is to support existing programs run by international organizations, reports The Guardian.


Diplomacy Fast Facts:

How many possible diplomatic ranks are there at each post as dictated by bilateral diplomacy, and what are they?

There are 10 possible diplomatic ranks as follows: Ambassador, Chargé d’affaires, Minister, Minister-Counselor, Counselor, First Secretary, Second Secretary, Third Secretary, Attaché, and Assistant Attaché

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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