December 7, 2010
Research Aids and Tools to Assist Diplomacy Wonks Wanting to Study WikiLeak's Disclosure of US Diplomatic Cables
As previously noted on LLB, our friends north of the border, Slaw, called attention to the the National Security Archive's guide that explains how to decipher a US State Department cable. Might come in handy for wannbe diplomacy wonks for reading WikiLeaks publication of 251,287 US diplomatic cables. And thanks to Gary Price, Resource Shelf for (1) posting about CABLESEARCH, which is a full-text search engine of the many of the cables and (2) this set of tools for researching them.
End Note: the Council on Foreign Relations recently published this feature, Will WikiLeaks Hobble U.S. Diplomacy?:
How will [the] release of more than 250,000 diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks.org impact U.S. diplomatic efforts in the Middle East, Pakistan, and elsewhere? Six CFR experts are unanimous in cautioning that WikiLeaks' latest data dump could hurt sensitive relationships and make open exchanges more difficult.