In Symbolic Insult in Diplomacy: A Subtle Game of Diplomatic Slap, Alisher Faizullaev describes how states and their representatives may use manipulative practices for influencing the opponent. The author distinguishes three forms of using symbolic insult in diplomacy: by misrecognition (“diplomatic bypassing”), direct confrontation (“diplomatic punch”), and concealed verbal or nonverbal actions (“diplomatic slap”). The book focuses on “diplomatic slap” – employing obscure symbolic insult as a means of tacit manipulation. Analyzing historical and modern cases, Alisher Faizullaev shows that implicit symbolic insult usually appears ambiguously, and allows the offender to stay engaged with the victim. This work reveals vailed aspects of diplomatic practices and represents a valuable source for students and practitioners of international politics and diplomacy.

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Professor Alisher Faizullaev, DSc., Ph.D., is a scholar and former Ambassador. He has published numerous books and articles on diplomacy and international negotiation.

Symbolic Insult in Diplomacy: A Subtle Game of Diplomatic Slap
Alisher Faizullaev
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 Keywords
 Introduction: The Puzzle of Symbolic Insult in Diplomacy
 Diplomatic Actors: Self and Other
 Diplomatic Actor’s Sense of Self and Ontological Security
 Three Types of Insult in Diplomacy
 Diplomatic Imperatives and Symbolic Insult
 Symbolic Insult in Diplomacy as a Manipulative Practice
 Symbolic Insult in Digital Diplomacy
 The Range and Level of Symbolic Insult in Diplomacy
 Tacit Bargaining and Symbolic Insult
 Face Diplomacy and Symbolic Insult
 Handshake Diplomacy and Symbolic Insult
 Conclusion
 References
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