Most of us imagine diplomacy to involve high level officials facilitating difficult exchanges between representatives of different nations. We usually envision these government-to-government encounters to be focused on treaties about borders, weapons, rights to resources or ways of doing international business. When we think of diplomacy in this way, we are envisioning what is known as “Track I Diplomacy.”
There are times when similar efforts are convened by non-governmental people who have personal access to decision-makers. These private individuals can sometimes play an unofficial role in diplomatic efforts by opening lines of communication or helping to build confidence between influential individuals in adversarial situations. This is known as “Track II Diplomacy.”
*This doesn’t mean we ignore issues of inequality and privilege as if “we are all the same.” It just means that we are not seeking a unidirectional influence except as it pertains to minimizing objectification.