[Wang Son-taek] The ‘Iran enemy’ remarks and iron guidelines of diplomacy

President Yoon Suk Yeol’s current go to to the United Arab Emirates achieved an enormous end result. It was top-of-the-line outcomes from a state go to, with Korea gaining $30 billion in funding commitments from the UAE. Nonetheless, there’s little dialogue about this achievement in Korea. As an alternative, there’s a backlash over diplomatic conflicts with Iran over President Yoon’s “Iran enemy” remarks. They got here throughout a go to to South Korean navy models dispatched to the UAE on Jan. 16. Throughout a go to to the Akh unit, Yoon stated South Korea and the UAE are brothers, and that the “enemy and largest menace” to the UAE is Iran, akin to how South Korea’s enemy is North Korea. Iran reacted strongly. A diplomatic disaster erupted as Iran strongly expressed its displeasure by way of statements and remarks by a International Ministry spokesperson. This example is critical and nonetheless ongoing, nevertheless it is perhaps significant if it serves as a chance to rethink the fundamentals of diplomacy. So, what’s the foundation of diplomacy? Let me decide three components: prudence, nationwide energy and public opinion.

A very powerful one of many iron guidelines of diplomacy is prudence. Since diplomacy is an effort to keep away from warfare and discover methods for various nations to coexist, consideration and respect for one another are important circumstances. Cautious conduct is an absolute advantage within the technique of caring for different nations that we can’t management. For those who negotiate solely in your personal approach and ignore the opposite nation’s approach, there isn’t any risk that the dialogue will proceed correctly and you can not get a optimistic settlement.

Diplomacy can be a lot simpler if it handled just one social gathering in a negotiating room. Nonetheless, diplomacy is troublesome as a result of actuality is just not simple. Good diplomacy must also take account of invisible events together with the third nations. For those who focus solely on getting the consent of your negotiating associate and unnecessarily criticize the opposite invisible social gathering, you’ll incur a backlash from that social gathering and can’t keep away from better losses. Due to this fact, it isn’t good to overtly speak about relations with third nations whereas negotiating with any nation.

As diplomacy is a posh recreation that requires consideration of not solely seen negotiators but additionally different invisible nations, the easiest way to reply rigorously is to speak and transfer in line with the ready state of affairs. If there’s a diplomat who spontaneously negotiates and not using a state of affairs whereas exhibiting off colourful abilities, she or he will likely be thought of reckless and harmful.

One other iron rule in diplomacy is that nationwide energy have to be robust. Nationwide energy is the muse of diplomacy. A very powerful pillars of nationwide energy are, in fact, financial and navy energy. Nonetheless, in an effort to perform profitable diplomatic negotiations, each cultural and diplomatic capabilities should stay on the prime degree. A very powerful of the diplomatic competencies is the power to organize the most effective negotiation state of affairs. To take action, there have to be overseas coverage consultants who can perceive the worldwide state of affairs and home politics on the identical time and create optimum negotiation eventualities by crossing the realm of politics and insurance policies.

The third iron rule is that the individuals are the judges of diplomacy. If you wish to get an analysis in your success in diplomacy, the cooperation of the individuals — particularly the opposition social gathering, the media and state elders — is important. Regardless of how effectively the president performs overseas, if the opposition events disagree, it is going to solely be controversial. Errors will likely be criticized as they’re. However, even when they’re profitable, there isn’t any risk that the opposition social gathering will welcome these successes. Neglecting efforts to hunt the opposition’s cooperation is setting your self up for diplomatic failure.

Even when the opposition social gathering doesn’t cooperate, if the media studies correctly, the president’s diplomatic achievements might be conveyed to the general public. Nonetheless, if journalists have no idea the method and the that means of reaching diplomatic outcomes, it’s unattainable to see correct studies. With out correct studies, there isn’t any risk of getting recognition from the individuals on diplomatic successes.

There’s one other group that may meaningfully reward the president’s diplomacy along with the opposition and the media. That group could possibly be known as the state elders. Assembly with former ministers, former political social gathering leaders and leaders from non secular teams to elucidate the progress of diplomacy and take heed to their good recommendation have to be a really optimistic issue within the president’s diplomacy. Listening to the recommendation of state elders is just not solely vital, but additionally efficient in that it exhibits the general public that the federal government is making an attempt to elucidate overseas insurance policies to the individuals.

Probably the most pressing process concerning the “Iran enemy” remarks at this second is to take care of the state of affairs and cut back losses to a minimal. On the identical time, I hope that this incident will likely be a reminder of the fundamentals of diplomacy and to strengthen diplomatic capabilities. I hope that it’s evaluated as an inflection level that turns misfortune right into a blessing.

Wang Son-taek

Wang Son-taek is a director for the World Coverage Middle at Han Pyeong Peace Institute. He was a former diplomatic correspondent at YTN and former analysis affiliate at Yeosijae. The views expressed listed below are his personal. — Ed.

By Korea Herald (khnews@heraldcorp.com)

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