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Too big to shun? Baltic minimalist diplomacy with Russia

Abstract : The study focuses on the practice of bilateral diplomacy through the case of the Baltic (Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian) relations with Russia. With the help of theoretical tools of sociology of practices (Theodore Schatzki, Erving Goffman, Michel de Certeau and others) the aim is to show how interstate relations are shaped by daily diplomatic practices, which draw upon the background knowledge of the diplomats (different past experiences, shared understandings about the world, myths, states of emotion, motivations, but also practical know-how and skills), and are played out in encounters with their foreign counterparts in numerous daily situations. Diplomacy is defined as a mediating activity which allows connection and separation of political entities. The Baltic diplomatic practices since the re-establishment of the Baltic diplomatic services in 1990 have overwhelmingly been informed by the logic of separation (from the Soviet, and later Russian domination). The Baltic diplomatic practices of separation create a diplomacy which enhances alienation between the Baltic States and Russia or a diplomacy which can be qualified as a minimalist diplomacy, in the sense that it only limits itself to the most pressing issues of the bilateral agenda, and at times it fails even to fulfil its function of connection or of mediation. The work is based on ethnographic methodology: qualitative interviews with the diplomats and a participant observation.
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Emilija Pundziute Gallois. Too big to shun? Baltic minimalist diplomacy with Russia. Political science. Institut d'études politiques de Paris - Sciences Po, 2019. English. ⟨NNT : 2019IEPP0060⟩. ⟨tel-03805293⟩



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