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UN general assembly: why virtual meetings make it hard for diplomats to trust each other

Sorry I can’t be there: German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the UN general assembly virtually. Evan Schneider / UN Photo

Marcus Holmes, College of William & Mary; Mark NK Saunders, University of Birmingham, and Nicholas John Wheeler, University of Birmingham Ashok Mirpuri, Singapore’s ambassador to the US, recently said that achieving trust in diplomacy is “about the cues and nuances” that come from face-to-face interactions. What Mirpuri did not elaborate on, however, is that reading others when you’re in the …

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