Doing Good Deeds quietly’: The Rise of Intelligence Diplomacy as a Potent Tool of Statecraft

Addressing vulnerability and promoting security
Nov 10, 2023 | Australian Strategic Policy Institute

Intelligence diplomacy, its increasing utility and potential hazards, isthe subject of this report by Chris Taylor for the AustralianStrategic Policy Institute.  The use ofintelligence actors and relationships to conduct, or facilitate diplomaticrelations is a potent tool for statecraft; useful in specific circumstances toenhance conventional diplomacy or create subtler lines of communication. Thereport finds that governments turn to intelligence diplomacy when circumstances– and the governments’ assessments of related capabilities and the effectivenessof their intelligence services – make the use of intelligence channelsadvantageous. Governments need to use intelligence diplomacy in concert withother instruments of policy, to serve well defined policy objectives.

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