The Oxford Handbook of Modern Diplomacy

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  • Copyright: 2015-06-09
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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At a time when diplomatic practices and the demands imposed on diplomats are changing quite radically, and many foreign ministries feel they are being left behind, there is a need to understand the various forces that are affecting the profession. Diplomacy remains a salient activity in today's world in which the basic authoritative actor is still the state. At the same time, in some respects the practice of diplomacy is undergoing significant, even radical, changes to the context, tools, actors and domain of the trade. These changes spring from the changing nature of the state, the changing nature of the world order, and the interplay between them. One way of describing this is to say that we are seeing increased interaction between two forms of diplomacy, 'club diplomacy' and 'network diplomacy'. The former is based on a small number of players, a highly hierarchical structure, based largely on written communication and on low transparency; the latter is based on a much larger number of players (particularly of civil society), a flatter structure, a more significant oral component, and greater transparency.

The Oxford Handbook of Modern Diplomacy is an authoritative reference tool for those studying and practicing modern diplomacy. It provides an up-to-date compendium of the latest developments in the field. Written by practitioners and scholars, the Handbook describes the elements of constancy and continuity and the changes that are affecting diplomacy. The Handbook goes further and gives insight to where the profession is headed in the future. Co-edited by three distinguished academics and former practitioners, the Handbook provides comprehensive analysis and description of the state of diplomacy in the 21st Century and is an essential resource for diplomats, practitioners and academics.

Author Biography

Andrew F. Cooper was previously a visiting scholar at Harvard University, University of Southern California, Australian National University, Stellenbosch University and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. He has led training sessions on trade issues, governance and diplomacy in Canada, South Africa and at the World Trade Organization. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of both the GARNET Network of Excellence and the Hague Journal of Diplomacy, and has been a member of the Warwick Commission. Andrew Cooper's most recent publications focus on emerging powers, G8 reform, small states, Latin America, global health governance, and the phenomenon of celebrity diplomacy. He is Associate Director and Distinguished Fellow at CIGI. He is Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo where he teaches in the areas of International Political Economy, Global Governance, and Comparative Politics.

Jorge Heine is a former (2006-2009) vice-president of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) , he was previously Ambassador of Chile to India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka (2003-2007), and Ambassador to South Africa (1994-1999) as well as a Cabinet Minister and Deputy Minister in the Chilean Government. A lawyer and political scientist, he has been a visiting fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford and a research associate at The Wilson Center in Washington D.C. He has held postdoctoral fellowships from the Social Science Research Council and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and has been a consultant to the United Nations, the Ford Foundation, and Oxford Analytica. He is CIGI Chair of Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Professor of Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University, and Distinguished Fellow at CIGI.

Ramesh Thakur was Vice Rector and Senior Vice Rector of the United Nations University (and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations) from 1998-2007. Educated in India and Canada, he was a Professor of International Relations at the University of Otago in New Zealand and Professor and Head of the Peace Research Centre at the Australian National University, during which time he was also a consultant/adviser to the Australian and New Zealand governments on arms control, disarmament, and international security issues. He was a Commissioner and one of the principal authors of The Responsibility to Protect(2001), and Senior Adviser on Reforms and Principal Writer of the United Nations Secretary-General's second reform report (2002). He is Director of the Centre for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (CNND) in the Crawford School, Australian National University and Adjunct Professor in the Institute of Ethics, Governance and Law at Griffith University.

Table of Contents

About the Contributors
Foreword: Diplomacy: old trade, new challenges, Louise Frechette
Introduction: The Challenges of 21st Century Diplomacy, Andrew F. Cooper, Jorge Heine, and Ramesh Thakur
Part I: Setting the Scene
1. The Changing Nature of Diplomacy, Andrew F. Cooper
2. From Club to Network Diplomacy, Jorge Heine
3. A Balance of Interests, Ramesh Thakur
Part II: The Main Actors
4. The Political Actors: President, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lloyd Axworthy
5. The Bureaucracy: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Service and other Government Departments, Sir Jeremy Greenstock
6. The Modern Diplomatic Mission, David M. Malone
7. International Organizations, Margaret P. Karns and Karen A. Mingst
8. Financial Officials As Diplomats, Eric Helleiner
9. Civil Society, Kathryn Hochstetler
10. Global and Transnational Firms, Geoffrey Allen Pigman
11. The Media, Shawn Powers
Part III: Modes of Practice
12. Bilateral Diplomacy, Andres Rozental and Alicia Buenrostro
13. Multilateral Diplomacy, Kishore Mahbubani
14. Conference Diplomacy, A. J. R. Groom
15. Commission Diplomacy, Gareth Evans
16. Institutionalized Summitry, Richard Feinberg
17. Negotiations, Fen Osler Hampson, Chester A. Crocker, and Pamela Aall
18. Mediation, Martti Ahtisaari with Kristiina Rintakoski
19. Humanitarian Action, Jan Egeland
20. Defense Diplomacy, Juan Emilio Cheyre
Part IV: Tools and Instruments
21. Economic Diplomacy, Steve Woolcock and Nicholas Bayne
22. Trade and Investment Promotion, Greg Mills
23. Cultural Diplomacy, Patricia M. Goff
24. Public Diplomacy, Jan Melissen
25. Digital Technology, Daryl Copeland
26. Consular Affairs, Maiike Okano-Heijmans
27. International Law, Tom Farer
28. The Vienna Conventions on Diplomatic and Consular Relations, Jan Wouters, Sanderijn Duquet, and Katrien Meuwissen
29. Soft Power, SU Changhe
30. Hard, Soft and Smart Power, Joseph S. Nye Jr.
Part V: Issue Areas
31. Security, Kal Holsti
32. Arms Control and Disarmament, Rebecca Johnson
33. Peace-building and State-building, Simon Chesterman
34. Trade, Diana Tussie
35. International Food Aid, Jennifer Clapp
36. Human Rights, David P. Forsythe
37. Refugees, William Maley
38. Health, David Fidler
39. Sports and Diplomacy, David Black and Byron Peacock
Part VI: Case Studies
40. The G20: From Global Crisis Responder to Steering Committee, Paul Martin
41. The International Criminal Court, Benjamin Schiff
42. The Responsibility to Protect (R2P), Thomas G. Weiss
43. UN Peacekeeping, Pierre Schori
44. The Ottawa Convention on Anti-Personnel Landmines, John English
45. The Permanent Extension of the NPT, 1995, Jayantha Dhanapala
46. The Cuban Missile Crisis, David A. Welch
47. Climate Change, Lorraine Elliott
48. The Doha Development Agenda, Amrita Narlikar
49. Rising Power Diplomacy, Gregory Chin

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