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Diplomacy and Executive Power: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Chatham House, London


Dr Daniel Levin, Member of the Board, Liechtenstein Foundation for State Governance; Author, Nothing but a Circus – Misadventures Among the Powerful
Chair: The Rt Hon Sir Roderic Lyne, Adviser, Russia and Eurasia Programme; Deputy Chairman, Council, Chatham House (2008 -16); Member, British Diplomatic Service (1970-2004)


This event will draw on real life examples to explore instances of both successful and failed diplomacy. Focusing particularly on interactions between the West, Russia and China, as well as the continued efforts to address civil wars and unrest in the Middle East and North Africa, Daniel Levin will discuss how modern diplomacy has adapted to the changing nature of power.

He will argue that the traditional diplomatic avenues for conflict resolution have demonstrably fallen short in addressing recent human tragedies, particularly those involving non-state actors and, as such, governments must embrace the importance of an informal ‘track three’ approach to mediation efforts in war zones.