It's Not What You Say, It's What You Don't

Published: Wednesday, 05/17/2006 12:00 am EDT

Bureaucrats who participate at conferences, like the ninth annual Peacebuilding and Human Security Dialogue at Foreign Affairs, are used to being criticized for saying nothing new or illuminating. Who can blame them for their caution? But regular observers at these types of events are used to noting the significance of what wasn't mentioned, even giving it more weight than what was said. It is something like Kremlin-watching in the Cold War days. Soviet watchers could tell more by who was absent from the reviewing stand than who was present

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