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Craig Webster

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Countries have to make decisions as to where to invest in diplomatic representations. Diplomatic representations are especially important for small countries, as they frequently lack military and economic power to influence the world in their favour and often have limited means. In this study, the author looks into how Cyprus decides to allocate its resources to send diplomatic representation to countries. The author performs a logistical regression on 149 countries and finds that there is evidence that Cyprus allocates resources to maximise its influence on the most powerful countries and EU member states, allocates resources to other countries in the Middle East region, and seeks to invest in relationship building with fellow Christian Orthodox countries. However, the findings do not support the notion that building relationships with Commonwealth states is a priority.

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