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Title: Track-Two Diplomacy & Canadian Foreign Policy: Approaches to Conflict Resolution
Authors: Proctor, Kate
Issue Date: Apr-2015
Citation: Proctor, Kate. (2015). Track-Two Diplomacy & Canadian Foreign Policy: Approaches to Conflict Resolution ( Unpublished master's thesis). University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.
Abstract: Government response to conflict resolution can vary. To find a solution to a conflict a government may confer with, and take ideas from, governmental institutions like the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), and nongovernmental institutions, such as the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute (CDFAI). One such response comes from diplomacy and the role that it can play in conflict resolution. Any given sovereign state is represented internationally through the use of diplomats. The role of an individual diplomat, as understood in conventional terms, is to represent their state' s interests and values and to maintain state-to-state relationships. This official diplomacy is also known as "track-one diplomacy." Track-one efforts in conflict resolution, as suggested by Jeff Mapendere, "are facilitated or mediated by government representatives or representatives of political institutions such as the [United Nations] and regional groups."1 Diplomats also represent, in accordance with a state's foreign policy, the primary and most formal avenue of a state's ability to engage in peacemaking and conflict resolution.2 Like other professions in the political field, the occupation of diplomat is highly institutionalized, visible and subject to media scrutiny. Due to these very characteristics of the occupation, efforts to resolve conflict can often be slow to evolve.
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