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Publication date:
April 2013

Imprint: OUP UK

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The Oxford Handbook of Modern Diplomacy

Edited by Andrew F. Cooper, Jorge Heine and Ramesh Thakur

Series : Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

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.

Readership : Scholars and students of international relations, foreign policy, and diplomacy.

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

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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

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Special Features

  • Provides a stand-alone, one volume source for contemporary issues affecting diplomacy.
  • Moves beyond academic analysis and provides insights into the actual practice of diplomacy.