The bicycle theory of international diplomacy drives Mali debate into slow motion | Turtle Bay

Here’s a new one–possible honors thesis in embryo?

In the meantime, France was planning Monday night to circulate a draft Security Council resolution that would promote political talks between the government and northern rebels, aimed at compelling the rebels to disassociate themselves from Islamic extremists and approve the dispatch of some African and European Union trainers to Mali.

“We are trying to build momentum which has so far been lacking,” Araud said Friday after briefing the Security Council on France’s approach. “We do hope that it will be possible in a second stage, on the basis of a concept of operations, to authorize the deployment of a force.”

Asked to explain France’s strategy, one European diplomat compared it to what he described as the “bicycle theory of diplomacy.”

“You’ve never heard of that?” he asked. “When a bicycle loses its momentum it falls over.” French diplomacy, the diplomat explained, is aimed at trying to keep the push for an intervention force from collapsing from inaction and indecision.

via The bicycle theory of international diplomacy drives Mali debate into slow motion | Turtle Bay.

Advertisements
Tagged

One thought on “The bicycle theory of international diplomacy drives Mali debate into slow motion | Turtle Bay

  1. brianmedwards says:

    This article is interesting in that France wants to intervene in an African country. I have never heard of France wanting to do such a thing. I agree with the U.S. on this issue in that it is too early to see of an intervention is needed to bring the northern territory groups. If France wants something to be done it should be to gather African troops together to intervene through Chad (since Chad has already agreed). The Security Council does not need to send UN troops to intervene but they should send leaders in to train the African troops and they they can best combat the northern territory rebels. It will be interesting to see if France gets the support it wants to intervene in Mali. Here is a link that talks about the recent events in Mali. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/oct/16/mali-prepares-attack-northern-insurgents

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: