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The Temporary Halls of Power

Stephen Rakowski
Sub-Saharan Africa Analyst, Stratfor
Mar 5, 2017 | 14:01 GMT
The Beau-Rivage Palace hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland. The politically neutral space hotels provide can make them ideal spaces for leaders to convene for consultation in times of crisis.
Diplomats from countries involved in the Syrian civil war converged on the Beau-Rivage Palace hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland, in late 2016 for peace talks. The politically neutral space hotels provide can make them ideally suited for such purposes.
(FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Any place elite barons of authority convene can, at least temporarily, join the ranks of the world's important spaces. In countries where power is contested, a hotel's neutral space might be the only option for political or military rivals to engage in talks or to trade information, though this can also attract intelligence agency surveillance....

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