Part I (00:00 — 12:40)

Before you watch

Study the following words and expressions:

a proxy wara war instigated by a major power which does not itself become involved

to induct – to admit someone formally to a post or organization

to revel in – to get great pleasure from a situation or experience

a pinnaclethe most successful point; the culmination

a sabbatical — a period of paid leave granted to a university teacher or other worker for study or travel, traditionally one year for every seven years worked

secondment — the temporary transfer of an official or worker to another position or employment

to be steeped in – to be surrounded or filled with a quality or influence

While you watch

While watching, pay attention to the following words and expressions in context. Use them in your answers to the questions below and discussion.


to have an abiding passion

to be inducted into an elite

to revel in the amazing access to world events

the pinnacle of one’s career

to take a sabbatical

to perpetrate a war on a falsehood

to stop the rampaging mob

not to be allowed a diplomatic service

to advise three successive Kosovo prime ministers


After you watch

Answer the following questions:

  1. How did Carne Ross take a decision to become a diplomat?
  2. What did he like about his job of a diplomat?
  3. Why did he resign from the British Foreign Service?
  4. What is “Independent Diplomat”?

Discuss in pairs:

Carne says he was disillusioned with his job. What do you think may cause disillusionment with the Foreign Service? What compensates for the problems and challenges of a diplomatic career?

Part II  (12:41- 19:31)

I  Watch this part of the presentation and find the answer to the question:

What activities is Independent Diplomat engaged in?

While you watch

While watching, pay attention to the following words and expressions in context. Use them in your answers to the questions below and discussion


to inject new thinking into the problems

the world is fragmenting

to embrace reality

interstate conflicts / conflicts within states

to institutionalize a system

to incorporate one’s views into one’s decisions

output

to deliver political change

to embody fragmentation


After you watch

Answer the following questions:

1. What do business and diplomacy have in common and in what way do they differ?

2. What is “What If!”?

3. How did Carne’s working experience at “What If!” affect Independent Diplomat?

4. What does Carne Ross mean by saying that the world is fragmenting? What groups are gaining more power today?

5. When was the UN established?

6. Carne Ross met 70 UN member-states. What did he try to convince them of?  Did he succeed in it?

Discuss in pairs:

What are the prospects of Independent Diplomat? Do you think such companies may displace traditional participants of diplomacy such as state governments, foreign ministries and international organizations? Why?