Diplomacy in a Globalizing World

Theories and Practices

Second Edition

Pauline Kerr, Geoffrey Wiseman

Diplomacy in a Globalizing World

Theories and Practices

Second Edition

Pauline Kerr, Geoffrey Wiseman






19 Dec 2017




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In Diplomacy in a Globalizing World: Theories and Practices, second edition, twenty-three respected scholars contribute to the debate about the changing nature of contemporary diplomacy and its future theoretical and practical directions. Filling a gap in the diplomacy textbook market, this unique volume balances breadth with depth and theory with practice, using cutting-edge comparisons to show the complexities of twenty-first-century diplomacy.


  • Thoroughly updated and revised chapters feature the most recent research available
  • Three new chapters on diplomacy and the use of force; women in diplomacy; and bilateralism and multilateralism from the perspective of "practice theory"
  • Added emphasis on the increasing complexity of global, international, and domestic contexts and their effects on diplomatic practices and theories.

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    About the Editors and Contributors
    World Map

    Pauline Kerr and Geoffrey Wiseman
    Complex diplomacy
    Historical background, contemporary trends, and challenges for diplomacy
    The book's structure, chapter summaries, and pedagogical features

    Part I The Historical Evolution of Diplomacy
    Chapter 1. Diplomacy through the Ages
    Raymond Cohen
    Ancient Near Eastern diplomacy
    Classical diplomacy
    European diplomacy

    Chapter 2. Past Diplomacy in East Asia: From Tributary Relations to Cold War Rivalry
    Suisheng Zhao
    Collapse of the traditional East Asian order and the tributary system
    Japan's military expansion and the diplomacy of imperialism
    Cold War diplomacy in East Asia
    Diplomacy during the deterioration of the East Asian bipolar system
    Diplomacy of the strategic triangle

    Part II Concepts and Theories of Contemporary Diplomacy
    Chapter 3. Diplomacy in International Relations Theory and Other Disciplinary Perspectives
    Paul Sharp
    Introduction: the attractions and limitations of theory
    Diplomacy in international theory
    Diplomats in social theory and practice theory
    Diplomatic theory
    Postpositivist diplomatic theory

    Chapter 4. Debates about Contemporary and Future Diplomacy
    Geoffrey Allen Pigman
    Introduction: debating diplomacy
    Debating what we mean by "diplomacy"
    Debating continuity and change in contemporary diplomacy
    Debating theory and practice in contemporary diplomacy
    Conclusion: how debates about diplomacy are, or are not, resolved

    Chapter 5. Transnationalizing Diplomacy in a Post-Westphalian World
    Bertrand Badie
    From interstate toward intersocial diplomacy
    Non-state actor participation in world politics
    Intersocial diplomacies versus interstate diplomacies
    Global governance and the declining resilience of the state

    Chapter 6. Diplomacy as Negotiation and Mediation
    I. William Zartman
    Negotiation and diplomacy
    Expanding the scope of diplomacy
    Challenging the processes of negotiation: mediation and multilateral diplomacy
    Facing the future of diplomatic negotiation: prevention

    Part III Structures, Processes, and Instruments of Contemporary Diplomacy
    Chapter 7. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Diplomatic System
    Brian Hocking
    The ministry of foreign affairs (MFA): Diplomatic perspectives
    The MFA and the national diplomatic system (NDS)
    The emergence and evolution of the MFA
    The MFA and the NDS in the twenty-first century

    Chapter 8. The Impact of the Internet and ICT on Contemporary Diplomacy
    Jovan Kurbalija
    Changing the environment for diplomacy
    New topics on diplomatic agendas
    New tools for diplomatic activities

    Chapter 9. Consular Diplomacy
    Halvard Leira and Iver B.Neumann
    Definitional issues
    Emergence and development of consular tasks and offices
    The consul and the diplomat
    The consul today

    Chapter 10. Bilateral and Multilateral Diplomatic Practices
    Vincent Pouliot and Jérémie Cornut
    Diplomacy as practice
    The practice of bilateral diplomacy
    The practice of multilateral diplomacy

    Chapter 11. Public Diplomacy
    Jan Melissen
    Introduction: the rise of a practice and a field of study
    The epiphenomenal nature of public diplomacy
    Official and nongovernmental public diplomacy
    Beyond the new public diplomacy: evolving concepts
    Public diplomacy outside the West

    Chapter 12. Economic Diplomacy
    Stephen Woolcock
    What is economic diplomacy?
    What makes economic diplomacy important?
    Is economic diplomacy distinctive?

    Chapter 13. Diplomacy: A Gendered Institution
    Karin Aggestam and Ann E. Towns
    Introduction: What does gender have to do with diplomacy?
    A brief history of women in diplomacy
    The diplomatic wife - A fixture of diplomacy?
    Change and continuity in the contemporary foreign service
    Women at the negotiating table
    Gendered practices of negotiation?

    Chapter 14. Diplomacy and the Use of Force
    Michael L'Estrange
    Changing contexts of the use of force
    Diplomacy's responses to the threat or use of force
    Diplomacy, the use of force and national decision-making: An Australian structural approach

    Part IV National, Regional, and International Diplomatic Practices
    Chapter 15. United States Contemporary Diplomacy: Implementing a Foreign Policy of "Engagement"
    Alan K. Henrikson
    Introduction: foreign policy as diplomatic process
    Containment: negotiating (only) from a position of strength
    Transformation: putting (others') domestic affairs at the center of foreign policy
    Engagement: talking with enemies as well as (just) with friends
    Conclusion: diplomacy now the primary means, but not the end of policy

    Chapter 16. China's Contemporary Diplomacy
    Zhang Qingmin
    Changing diplomatic goals and evolving diplomatic strategies
    Proactive multilateral diplomacy
    An omnidirectional diplomatic structure
    The broadening of diplomatic arenas
    Pluralization of diplomatic actors and demand for diplomatic cooperation

    Chapter 17. Regional Institutional Diplomacies: Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, and Other Regions
    Jozef Bátora
    Diplomacy as an institution and the challenge of regional institutional diplomatic systems
    EU regional institutional diplomacy
    Regional diplomacy in Asia
    Regional diplomacy in Africa
    Regional diplomacy in South America
    Other regional diplomatic systems

    Chapter 18. The United Nations
    Geoffrey Wiseman and Soumita Basu
    Historical origins and emergence
    Main UN organs
    Evolution of diplomatic practices
    The diplomatic community

    Geoffrey Wiseman and Pauline Kerr
    How is diplomacy becoming more complex?
    Why is diplomacy changing and becoming more complex?
    Implications for future theories and practices
    Complex diplomacy futures



Pauline Kerr - Fellow and Director of Studies at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, Australian National University.

Geoffrey Wiseman - Professor and Director at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, Australian National University.


"One truly gets a feel for the dramatic transformation diplomacy has been undergoing in recent times compared to what it used to be in the past.  The challenges and uncertainties of diplomacy in a less state-centric world are presented forcefully and effectively." --Renato Corbetta, University of Alabama at Birmingham

"I am greatly impressed by the range of subjects covered in the book, including some where it is difficult to find adequate literature. I commend the co-authors for bringing together a wide range of expertise on the various issues in the expanding discipline of the Practice of Diplomacy." --Rajendra Abhyankar, Indiana University, Bloomington

"The second edition of Diplomacy in a Globalizing World includes three new chapters that further justify the book's already established place as a major text, bringing much-needed focus to an often-neglected component of international politics. Diplomacy is critical for the twenty-first-century world, and this insightful book illuminates the challenges and benefits of diplomatic solutions for a changing world order." --Nicholas Burns, Harvard University, former U.S. Under Secretary of State

"The ever-changing landscape of world politics--the convergence of national-regional-global issues, transformative communication technologies, the rise of populism, and the resultant assault on the efficacy of diplomacy--reminds us that diplomacy requires constant vigilance, making the second edition of Diplomacy in a Globalizing World essential reading for us all." --R.M. Marty M. Natalegawa, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Indonesia (2009-2014)