Message from Nairobi4 min read 21 Dec 2015, 12:01 AM IST
Having killed a consensus-based process, the US will seek to assert itself in the twilight of its ascendancy
In the twilight language of international negotiations, a declaration of “success" at the end of a ministerial summit sometimes means just that and sometimes means exactly the opposite. The game gets really pro when important concepts, agreements and mechanisms are couched in three-letter acronyms or abbreviations, which only a few specialist negotiators and area experts understand—even there, one is sometimes doubtful—and which serve usefully to obfuscate, fudge or otherwise bamboozle the public, the pundits and (one fears) sometimes the politicians themselves who sign on the dotted line.
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