What is Sociability in Diplomacy?

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The Bandung Conference of 1955 illustrates several important points about the exercise of contemporary diplomacy, with its careful mixing of cultural symbolism, Cold War politics, anti-colonialism, and the cultivation of “sociability” among the diplomats and leaders present. Among those points is the difficulty in drawing a distinction between the informal and formal aspects of social engineering in this instance, with everyone – especially diplomatic wives – playing significant roles.

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    At Zhou’s bungalow in Bandung, with Sir John Kotelawala, Carlos Romulo, Ali Sastroamijoyo, and Zhou Enlai. Buku Peringatan Konperensi Asia-Afrika (Jakarta, 1955).

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    Nehru, Indira Gandhi, U Nu and the Chinese ambassador’s wife, and Zhou. Buku Peringatan Konperensi Asia-Afrika (Jakarta, 1955).

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    The buffet party hosted by the Saudi delegation. Asian-African Conference Bulletin (9) 24 April 1955.

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