Independent Diplomat offers a range of services to improve the diplomatic performance of its clients across the three pillars of modern diplomacy:
- Political strategy
- International law
- Public diplomacy and media strategy
ID provides integrated advice across these three
elements and so
helps our clients to maximise the impact of their diplomacy.
In addition, ID offers expert advice to countries and regions seeking to promote inward investment.
ID’s key areas of expertise include:
- The United Nations, especially the UN Security Council and peacekeeping operations
- The European Union, including accession
- Self-determination, sovereignty and territorial integrity
- Public international law and international dispute settlement
- Human rights and international humanitarian law
- Climate change, energy and natural resources
- Law of the Sea, maritime boundaries and fisheries
- Foreign direct investment promotion
Tools and methods employed by the ID team to help its clients to achieve their diplomatic objectives include:
- Intelligence gathering and analysis
- Tailored research
- Assistance with the preparation and conduct of negotiations
- Preparation of diplomatic communications, speeches, statements and press articles
- Management and coordination of high-level diplomatic visits, including at Head of State and Foreign Minister level
- Assistance with strengthening networks and relationships in key diplomatic centres
All of Independent Diplomat’s clients pay a fee, calculated according to the client’s ability to pay and the demands of the project. In addition to client fees, ID’s work is supported by governments, foundations and individual donors. ID has 501(c)(3) charitable status in the United States and is a registered charity in the United Kingdom.
How ID Engages Clients
Independent Diplomat holds itself and its clients to strict ethical standards. It requires its clients to be committed to democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
ID undertakes significant due diligence before agreeing to work with a prospective client. This three-stage process involves: (i) background research; (ii) consultation with at least two reputable organisations with local knowledge of the situation and/or the prospective client (e.g. an international organisation, an international NGO, a trusted government); and (iii) detailed discussion with ID's Advisory Council, which includes distinguished former diplomats and international relations experts.
ID's assessment of prospective clients involves a determination of:
- Whether the prospective client is involved in a situation at risk of escalating to conflict or returning to conflict;
- Whether ID's assistance would help reduce the likelihood of an escalation or return to conflict;
- Whether the prospective client is, in some way, at a disadvantage in international diplomacy (in terms of lack of resources and/or expertise and/or experience and/or power);
- Whether the prospective client actively wants and can benefit from ID's help, and whether it has the capacity to engage with and absorb the advice provided;
- Whether there is any conflict of interest with ID's existing operations;
- Whether the prospective client meets ID's ethical criteria, which are that the client must be committed to:
- Observance of international law;
- Respect for international institutions including the United Nations;
- Protection of human rights;
- The rule of law, including democratic and accountable government; and
- Refusal of support to those promoting or engaging in unlawful violence.
Once engaged, the advice that Independent Diplomat provides to its clients always reflects respect for international law, including international human rights law.
ID conducts periodic ethical reviews of its work with each client, and at its own discretion will suspend or terminate a client relationship for any breaches of its ethical criteria.
To begin a discussion about engaging Independent Diplomat, please contact Paul Whiteway at our London office on +44(0)207 489 2118, or email him at email@example.com.
Additional information about ID's work with the Governments of Somaliland, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, and the Syrian Coalition is available at the Department of Justice, Washington, DC.