Diplomacy: European and Global Challenges
Policy paper "The Future of Diplomacy: European and Global Challenges". As identified by the participants of the 1st Czech-French Forum of Young Talents, diplomacy needs to face globalization, geopolitical shifts, the call for transparency and budgetary restrictions. The diplomat has to act as a manager and interpreter of knowledge in a world characterized by an overflow of information.
The need for a strong and effective EU diplomacy is not disputed but the European interest has not been clearly defined so far. The European External Action Service seems to offer an institutional setting that will help to articulate the European interest through everyday practice.
The contradictory ideal of a generalist diplomat has not waned, but the diplomat must update its competences, enter the public debate and keep updated with technological progress.