On the Road
The Temporary Halls of Power
Sub-Saharan Africa Analyst, Stratfor
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.
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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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