Essay

Limits of diplomacy

Print edition : November 25, 2016

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange addressing the media and supporters from the balcony of Ecuador's Embassy in Central London in February 2016. The Embassy of Ecuador in London granted him asylum in June 2012. Photo: Jack Taylor/AFP

Shaida Mohammad Abdali, Afghanistan's Ambassador in India, has been in the news recently for his thinly veiled criticism of Pakistan. Photo: V. Sudershan

Sir Neville Henderson, who served as Britain's Ambassador in Germany during Hitler's time. Hitler's interpreter has left an account of his taking exception to the use of the word "damned" by the German Foreign Minister. Photo: The Hindu Archives

John Kenneth Galbraith, who served as the United States' Ambassador in India during Nehru's time, here seen lending a hand in the construction of the giant Nagarjunasagar dam. He avoided contacting opposition politicians and journalists critical of the Prime Minister. Photo: The Hindu Archives

The law on diplomatic practice and behaviour remains uncertain and uncodified; practice abounds in contradictions.
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