1st Edition

Diplomacy, Communication, and Peace Selected Essays

By William Maley Copyright 2021
    274 Pages
    by Routledge

    274 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book is composed of interconnected essays which reflect on challenging new issues related to diplomacy, communication, and peace.

    This book begins by drawing out some of the challenges for diplomacy that arise from modern theories of semantics and of strategic communication, as well as those posed by the need for secrecy, and by the activities of agents of influence. It then proceeds to examine important issues in contemporary diplomacy, including refugee diplomacy, humanitarian diplomacy, sovereignty, norms, and consular activities. It concludes with an exploration of dilemmas that confront attempts to promote peace through multilateral means, such as the limitations of peacemaking diplomacy, the difficulty of promoting democratic governance, and the problems associated with dealing with morally repugnant actors. The book is grounded in the conception of diplomacy as a social practice with multiple players, and recognises that ‘the state’ has many different elements, and that ‘state actors’ live in worlds shaped not just by their relations with other states, but also by their own complex domestic politics.

    This book will be of much interest to students of diplomacy, foreign policy, and International Relations.

    1. Introduction: Diplomacy, Diplomatic Studies, and Diplomatic History

    Part I: Diplomacy and Communication

    2. Minimal English and Diplomacy

    3. Terrorism, Diplomacy and Strategic Communication

    4. Secret and Quiet Diplomacy

    5. Agents of Influence

    Part II: New Directions in Diplomacy

    6. Refugee Diplomacy

    7. Australia’s Refugee Policy: Domestic Politics and Diplomatic Consequences

    8. The United Nations, NGOs and the land-mines initiative: an Australian Perspective

    9. Humanitarianism and Humanitarian Diplomacy

    10. Trust, Legitimacy, and the Sharing of Sovereignty

    11. Norms as Frames for Institutions

    12. Risk, Populism and the Evolution of Consular Responsibilities=

    Part III: Diplomacy and Peacemaking

    13. Peacekeeping and Peacemaking

    14. Democratic Governance and Post-Conflict Transitions

    15. The United Nations and Ethnic Conflict Management: Lessons from the Disintegration of Yugoslavia

    16. Negotiating with Morally-Repugnant Actors


    William Maley is Professor of Diplomacy at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, The Australian National University.