Nr 17 • Veebruar 2005

Organizational Charts and Policy Outcomes

The organizational chart of another country’s foreign ministry might seem to be just about the most boring reading that any diplomat could ever be required to do. But in fact, these charts should never be ignored because they can provide important insights not only about how other countries view one’s own but also about how these ministries process information and even how they take policy decisions. And those who ignore them do so at their own risk – and at the peril of their countries.

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English Summary

In the February issue of Diplomacy magazine, political scientist Paul A. Goble analyses the recent structural changes in the US State Department, namely the appearance, for the first time, of a separate desk for Estonia within the Office of Nordic-Baltic Affairs of the Department’s Bureau of European Affairs.

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