When the shadow diplomacy theory came to life
CNN defines shadow diplomacy as “the act of seeking to influence foreign policy through covert actions, and especially covert actions of a covert nature, that are designed to influence the behavior of foreign governments.”
Shadow diplomacy is the act of seeking to influence foreign policy through covert actions.
There are several aspects of shadow diplomacy that are often overlooked by many pundits.
First, shadow diplomacy is a “secretive strategy” that is used to achieve strategic objectives and is not publicly available.
Second, shadow diplomatic activities are rarely discussed in the mainstream media.
Third, shadow diplomats are rarely reported as having diplomatic immunity.
Fourth, shadow diplomacy is generally not considered an option by the U.S. government, which is largely unwilling to openly embrace the practice.
Fifth, shadow diplomat activities are usually limited in scope.
Sixth, the most effective shadow diplomacy techniques are typically reserved for the highest-level officials and senior level officials.
Therefore, shadow negotiations are rarely adopted by the U.S.-led coalition.
In other words, the shadow diplomatic strategy is often limited to the most powerful level officials in the U.N. Security Council.
However, shadow embassies are frequently deployed to achieve broader diplomatic objectives.
For example, the Obama administration in August 2015 deployed a shadow diplomatic mission in Syria, which has led to a number of positive outcomes for the Syrian government.
The Shadow Ambassador Program was established in 2014 to serve as an umbrella organization for covert diplomacy missions and activities that promote regional stability, promote economic development, and strengthen security.
It also serves as a mechanism for consulting with foreign governments, and assists the Secretary-General in establishing a coordinated policy to promote the development of regional peace and stability through the use of peaceful means.
Shadow ambassadors are generally considered to be conspiratorial and are not permitted to speak publicly.
To be effective, shadow missions must be consistent and must have the intent to influence the foreign policy of the current administration.
Thus, shadow ambassadors are typically part of a strategy that requires a covert action and is often unexpected to be successful.
So, in order to be effective in the shadow diplomat program, a shadow ambassador must work for the shadow government.