The utter nonsense called ‘deft diplomacy’
The use of phrases like 'deft diplomacy' creates an impression that a country can sustainably overcome the limitations placed on it by economic and strategic realities
There are few phrases that betray the intellectual lethargy of the Indian foreign policy commentariat more than “deft diplomacy". Sometimes the phrase used is “quiet diplomacy", at other times “backroom diplomacy" and, sometimes, even more creatively, “deft diplomatic footwork". The meaning is essentially the same.