We live in an increasingly connected world. Most countries have a hotline for each other, and in the inner workings of government, thousands of emails and phone call exchanges are being made as this author types this article. However, emails and phone calls can pose security risks and is considered informal.
When it comes to International Relations and Diplomacy, there is no better gesture of good faith than face to face meetings. And between countries, the ones usually handling these very important face to face meetings are the ambassadors. An interesting model of diplomacy in unstable times , is Daniel Taub.
Daniel Taub served as one of Israel’s peace negotiators, before being appointed ambassador of Israel to the UK. Both as ambassador, and since, he has lectured widely and written in The Times, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, and The Huffington Post.
Daniel Taub’s tenure as ambassador included an emphasis on the betterment of trade and technology partnerships with Israel and UK. One initiative was the Bizcamp start-up competition with Google. Such initiatives led to a growth of $8 billion in Israel-UK bilateral trade, a growth described by British Ministers as “the golden age of trade between Israel and UK”. For his part in this, Daniel Taub was nominated for the Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award.