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Observation— London


The laptop ambassador may be a moneysaving concept but it will always be trumped by a diplomat with a budget and an embassy, says Tyler Brûlé.

Diplomacy, Monocle

In the corridors of many a foreign ministry there is a nagging, occasionally irritating, chorus pumping from the loudspeakers of diplomats charged with rethinking how best to cover an increasingly complicated world. From Canberra to Copenhagen, London to Lisbon, practitioners of 21st-century diplomacy keep being asked the same question: “How low can you go?”

In this age of austerity, the words play on a brain-numbing loop that saps morale and inhibits creative thinking. For budding young ambassadors, their reference point might be rapper Ludacris…

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