Rank and Seniority

BY JOSÉ LUCENA* As a protocol practitioner I always keep in mind the career status of the guests of the ceremonies that I have to plan and execute. When there are guests who are Ambassadors, we have to respect the diplomatic rules that are applied to these high dignitaries; the same applies to guests who 

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Diplomacy and Its Practice VI. Religious Diplomacy and Dialogue

by Dr. Luis Ritto* “There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it” – George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950). “By the study of different religions we find that in essence they are one” – Swami Vivekananda (Indian Hindu Monk, 1863-1902). Continuing our series about diplomatic matters, today I am going to write 

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Breaking Protocol

BY JOSÉ LUCENA* I would like to share with our readers the following opinion of breaking protocol. I strongly believe that protocol exists to facilitate the communication and the adoption of a proper conduct among people when moving in certain professional and social situations. Protocol can be broken by protocol practitioners or by high dignitaries. 

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Diplomacy and Its Practice V, Digital Diplomacy

by Dr. Luis Ritto* « Change is the law of life. And those who look to the past or present are certain to miss the future” – John F. Kennedy (1963). A new area in diplomacy that has seen a steady increase in its use in the past 20 years or so is the one of 

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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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