Diplomacy is the general interaction between two or more beings, be it states, individuals, or organizations, that represent a cause bigger than itself.
It is an amalgamation of negotiation and advocacy paralleled with representing the interests of a specific public or agenda. Diplomacy is characterized by the act of representation – where representatives of an interest or a state advocate for their cause and then negotiate in order to realize their plans or expectations.
While the word “diplomacy” has been around since the premature governments of early years, it’s meaning has since changed. It has taken on definitions that fit the political scenarios on the present day. This goes to show that diplomacy, just like the act of governing, is a dynamic concept and changes with the change in the mindset of the public as well as the resources available to them.
Presently, diplomacy encompasses discussions that strive for implementing national interests. But primordially, diplomacy has been cast in vastly two groups that are not that hard to fathom: failed diplomacy and successful diplomacy.
The most important elements of success in a diplomacy are that all the negotiating parties walk away with at least a part of their expectations met and that neither of the parties are completely satisfied with the solution that has been reached upon. It is essential in a successful diplomacy that after discussions, all members involved still have the will and resources to continue these discussions and perhaps even branch out to cover even broader topics. In consequence, a successful diplomacy is one which paves ways for more agendas to be discussed later on and that harnesses a civil relationship between those involved.
A failed diplomacy is that in which either one or few parties gain all the benefits while the remaining walk away with little success. A failed diplomacy is also one in which the relations between the parties involved, instead of getting strengthened, become more hostile. In other words, if the parties are walking away from the negotiations with less optimism than what they came with, the diplomacy has failed.