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Diplomats, political scientists diverge on value of face-to-face meetings

The College of William and Mary’s Tucker Hall was filled Thursday afternoon by students, faculty and interested local residents.

The reason was Dr. Marcus Holmes, associate professor of government and co-director of Social Science Research Methods Center, which houses the Political Psychology and International Relations lab, was holding a book launch and discussion. He talked about his new book, “Face-to-Face Diplomacy: Social Neuroscience and International Relations.”

“It turns out that while diplomats and leaders think face-to-face diplomacy is very useful, political scientist have been skeptical,” Holmes said. “There are several reasons for this. First, many political...