Diplomacy: The Dialogue Between States

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Routledge, Mar 1, 2013 - Political Science - 240 pages

In the first major assessment of diplomatic dialogue since Nicolson's Diplomacy in 1939, Adam Watson traces the changing techniques of diplomacy from ancient times through the 'diplomatic society' of Europe to the present global system. In examining the conventions and institutions which help to shape the international system the author aims not so much to preserve diplomatic order which worked well in the past but rather to identify the continuities and the new conditions which will enable the dialogue to function in the future. He pays special attention to the extension of the dialogue into new fields and to the impact of the newly independent states of the third world. This leads him to argue strongly that the world's growing interdependence has increased rather than lessened the scope of diplomacy in the nuclear age.

 

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Contents

CHAPTER I The Nature of Diplomacy
1
CHAPTER II Alternatives to Diplomacy
9
CHAPTER III Aims and Policies of States
21
CHAPTER IV Diplomacy Law and Justice
29
CHAPTER V Power and Persuasion
41
CHAPTER VI Ideologies and Diplomacy
59
CHAPTER VII Other Diplomatic Systems
73
CHAPTER VIII The Diplomatic Society of Europe
85
CHAPTER IX Professional Diplomacy Today
111
CHAPTER X Criticisms of Contemporary Diplomacy
123
CHAPTER XI Diplomatic Needs of New and Less Developed States
149
CHAPTER XII The Growth of State Power and Interdependence
167
CHAPTER XIII Diplomacy and the Responsibilities of States
187
CONCLUSION
205
Some suggestions for further reading
221
Index
223

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Adam Watson, a former Ambassador, is Visiting Professor at the Center for Advanced Studies, University of Virginia

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