This one-day conference will combine academic papers with two seminar sessions at which serving and former diplomats will be invited to present their testimonies and perspectives. Embassies have long been integral to international diplomacy, their staff instrumental to inter-governmental dialogue, strategic partnerships, trading relationships and cultural exchange. But Embassies are also discrete political spaces. Notionally sovereign territory ‘immune’ from local jurisdiction, in moments of crisis Embassies have often been targets of protest and sites of confrontation.
‘Embassies in Crisis’ will revisit flashpoints in the recent lives of Embassies overseas. Organisers: Dr Rogelia Pastor-Castro, Professor Martin Thomas, and Professor Richard Toye In conjunction with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Historians and the British International History Group.