Diplomacy in Crisis
Vladimir Matic, Senior Lecturer, Political Science Diplomacy in some form has been used since ancient times to resolve conflicts while averting war. Today we live in the second phase of the Post-Cold War era and rapid changes in international relations and continuous shifting of power balance are making diplomacy ineffective. Dramatic ongoing multiple crises in the world impact America’s global position and national security, and our lives. The end of the Cold War left the United States as the only superpower in the world. However the United States faced enormous challenges despite its military and economic strength, and sometimes was simply unable to reach its set goals. The number of the hot spots threatening America’s security and primacy in international relations has increased in the past few years. Diplomacy complemented by use of power did not lead to resolution of any of the Middle East conflicts. The Ukraine crisis is at best contained. Can our diplomacy keep America safe? Why didn’t enormous diplomatic efforts render results?