Protocol and Friendship

by José Lucena* I would like to share with our readers an episode that I witnessed as a protocol official during an official ceremony. My team and I were responsible for the protocol of a Military Band Official Concert in a local village. This concert took place in a local theatre facility. We sent the invitations to 

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Diplomacy and Its Practice IV, Public Diplomacy and Nation Branding

PUBLIC DIPLOMACY AND NATION BRANDING   by Dr. Luis Ritto* « Successful diplomacy is an alignment of objectives and means”, Dennis Ross (American politician and diplomat). In my previous articles about this same subject of diplomacy, I explained how it has evolved and how it has became more open and transparent with time. And I also said 

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Relations between Protocol & Politics

by Thomas Sladko* Politics is a tough, challenging and demanding field, that is quickly changing. Not only the politics themselves but also the people who are working in their political cabinets. As state Protocol works closely with politics and their cabinet assistants, our working field is sometimes quite stressful as well. You rarely find a profession 

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The European Elections of May 2014: Issues at Stake

by Dr. Luis Ritto* “Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future”. Niels Bohr (1885-1962). As the 500 million citizens of the European Union (EU) get ready to vote in the European parliamentary elections of May 2014, we thought it useful to take stock of the EU today and of the challenges it faces in 

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The English Bible

by Dr. Luis Ritto* Today I am going to write about a book that helped shape the history of religion and of our Western civilisation: the English Bible of King James I of England. Published in 1611, 403 years ago, it helped greatly to promote the development of the Christian faith and of the English 

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Unpredictable Situations in Protocol

by Thomas Sladko*  Today I remembered a lecture at ISPD I held – exactly one year ago on the 11th of February 2013. I lectured about the topic “Flexibility in Protocol – handling the Unpredictability”. Sometimes life plays tricks on us because I would not have imagined facing a very unpredictable situation exactly one year after 

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Diplomacy and Its Practice III

by Dr. Luis Ritto* POWER AND DIPLOMACY In the past two articles of mine, I wrote about the evolution of diplomacy and how it developed from a bilateral instrument in the relations between nations to a multi-functional and multi-purpose tool of foreign relations of countries, as it is the case today. In fact, diplomacy nowadays 

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Doing a Good Job By Standing Still

*by Patricia Benoit-Guyot As you all may realize, in Protocol the first impression starts at the entrance door. From the very first minute a VIP arrives they should feel expected, welcomed and looked after, a little like a very special guest at your home whom you wish to impress. I have organized many events with 

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Diplomacy and Its Practice

by Dr. Luis Ritto* In my previous article about this same subject, I explained how diplomacy developed over time and how protocol developed jointly with it. I mentioned the important diplomatic developments that took place in Europe from the 13th to 19th centuries and also after the Second World War when the Organisation of the United Nations 

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