Diplomacy - Themes - The Royal Society: "Scientists and diplomats don’t make for obvious bedfellows. While science is in the business of uncovering truth, Sir Henry Wootton, the 17th century diplomat, famously defined the ambassador as 'an honest man sent to lie abroad for the good of his country'. But many aspects of foreign policy have scientific components. Science can act as a source of 'soft power' by improving a country’s influence on the international stage. And the networks of cooperation that underpin science are ideally placed to broker solutions to global problems."