Diplomacy: Theory and Practice, 6th ed. – Online updating pages
Chapter 8: Telecommunications
p. 125, ‘…spoken or written message delivered by a special envoy or head of a diplomatic mission’: It’s very interesting that, despite the familiarity with video-conferencing and telephone diplomacy, in the Ukraine crisis we have seen a limited return to the older method. The NATO Secretary-General has also called for the restoration of ‘diplomatic channels’ between Russia and NATO; that is, the re-opening of a Russian office at the alliance’s headquarters in Brussels and a NATO office in Moscow. What does that tell us about the uneasiness with telecommuncations in a serious crisis? See ‘Further reading’ below, noting that the excellent news website Politico has no paywall. On the other hand, see also the article by Patrick Wintour.
Herszenhorn, David M., ‘US, NATO deliver written replies to Russia on security demands’, Politico, 26 January 2022
Leali, Giorgio, ‘Italian government asks businesses to cancel video call with Putin’, Politico, 26 January 2022
Leali, Giorgio, ‘Putin’s meeting with Italian business leaders turns into political battlefield’, Politico, 26 January 2022
Wintour, Patrick, ‘The phone has become the Ukrainian president’s most effective weapon’, The Guardian, 28 February 2022