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Adventurers, Emissaries and Settlers: Ireland and Latin America
27-30 June 2007, National University of Ireland, Galway

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Diplomacy and diasporas: The Irish-Argentine case

María Eugenia Cruset (Universidad Nacional de La Plata)

By diplomacy we understand the activities and negotiations held principally, but not exclusively, by professional diplomats who act to the benefit of sovereign states.

However, beyond the formal system of representation of sovereign states, there are more and more NGOs, agencies, associations and individuals that have a similar representation to diplomats and who seek the recognition of states throughout the world.

This can be partly explained by the emergence of a global civil society that interacts. This is the particular case between diasporas and their “mother nations” and the part they play in consolidating their objectives.

Immigrant groups and their descendants attempt to maintain their customs, language and religion in the receiving countries. These non-state diasporas and their agents can act as third parties in conflicts between their nationalities and their central governments.

Furthermore, the more success they have in the states where they reside, the more effective they are. The more numerous, rich, powerful and influential this group is, the bigger  the opportunity to achieve this.

This paper will examine the support of the Argentine diaspora during the independence process in Ireland on the basis of the most important Argentine newspapers, and will seek to elucidate their opinions on the issue.

Online published: 24 April 2007
Edited: 07 May 2009

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