This book provides a comprehensive new introduction to the study of international diplomacy, covering both theory and practice.
The text summarises and discusses the major trends in the field of diplomacy, developing an innovative analytical toolbox for understanding diplomacy not as a collection of practices or a set of historical traditions, but as a form of institutionalised communication through which authorised representatives produce, manage and distribute public goods. The book:
traces the evolution of diplomacy from its beginnings in ancient Egypt, Greece and China to our current age of global diplomacy;
examines theoretical explanations about how diplomats take decisions, make relations and shape the world;
discusses normative approaches to how diplomacy ought to adapt itself to the twenty-first century, help remake states and assist the peaceful evolution of international order.
In sum, Understanding International Diplomacy provides an up-to-date, accessible and authoritative overview of how diplomacy works and ought to work in a globalising world.
This new textbook is essential reading for students of international diplomacy, and highly recommended for students of crisis negotiation, international organisations, foreign policy and international relations in general.
Corneliu Bjola is University Lecturer in Diplomatic Studies at the University of Oxford, UK. He is co-editor of Arguing Global Governance: Agency, Lifeworld and Shared Reasons (2010) and author of Legitimating the Use of Force in International Politics: Kosovo, Iraq and the Ethics of Intervention (2009). Markus Kornprobst is Chair of International Relations at the Vienna School of International Studies, Austria. He is author of Irredentism in European Politics: Argumentation, Compromise and Norms (2008) and co-editor of Arguing Global Governance: Agency, Lifeworld and Shared Reasons (2010) as well as Metaphors of Globalization: Mirrors, Magicians, and Mutinies (2008).
Introduction PART I: TRACING DIPLOMACY 1. Historical Evolution 2. The New Diplomacy after World War I 3. Global Diplomacy PART II: MAPPING THE DIPLOMATIC FIELD 4. Contexts of Global Diplomacy 5. Tasks of Global Diplomacy PART III: EXPLAINING DIPLOMACY 6 The Making of Decisions 7. The Making of Relations 8. The Making of the World PART IV: DISCUSSING NORMATIVE APPROACHES 9. Re-making the Diplomat 10. Re-making States 11. The Peaceful Re-making of the World Conclusion: Towards Inclusive Diplomacy