Revolutionary leaders tend to dislike and distrust diplomacy. Diplomacy may be defined as the dialogue that takes place between sovereign states that are members of an international society. Revolutionary leaders object to several aspects of it—the formality, the secrecy, and the possibility of ‘revolutionary diplomats’ being ‘contaminated’ by contact with foreigners. In the early years of their revolution they sometimes cause embarrassment by too open a discussion of confidential diplomatic affairs. But within a short time they also find advantages in conventional diplomacy, which is an important aspect of their ‘socialization’ process.
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