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5th Edition

Modern Diplomacy

ISBN 9781138576346
Published January 21, 2019 by Routledge
534 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Contemporary, thoughtful and extensively illustrated, Modern Diplomacy examines a broad range of current diplomatic practice. This leading and widely used book - now in its fifth edition - equips students with a detailed analysis of important international issues that reflect and impact upon diplomacy and its relations. The subject is brought to life through case studies and examples which highlight the working of contemporary diplomacy within the international political arena.

Organised around five broad topic areas, including the nature of diplomacy, diplomatic methods, negotiation, the operation of diplomacy in specific areas and international conflict, the book covers all major topic areas of contemporary diplomacy.

New features for this edition:

  • Developments in diplomatic practice
  • Strategies in diplomacy
  • International trade, geopolitics and agreements
  • Diplomacy of new regional organisations and groupings
  • Developing country diplomacy
  • Non-traditional diplomacy
  • New concepts – parallel and counter diplomacy
  • New case studies include: the Paris Climate Agreement, Brexit, international finance and trade agreements, and the UN security forces.

Modern Diplomacy is essential reading for students and practitioners of international relations, foreign policy, international law, international political economy, international economics, the Foreign Services Institutes and the National Diplomatic Academies.

Table of Contents

1. The Changing Nature of Diplomacy

2. Foreign Policy Organisation

3. Diplomatic Methods

4. Negotiation

5. Developing Diplomatic Practice

6. Groups and Networks

7. Regional Organisations and Diplomacy

8. Cyber Diplomacy

9. International Financial Relations

10. Trade, Foreign Policy and Diplomacy

11. Environmental Diplomacy

12. Environmental Diplomacy: Case Examples

13. Disaster and Emergency Diplomacy

14. Diplomacy and Security

15. Diplomacy and Mediation

16. The Diplomacy of Normalisation

17. Diplomatic Correspondence: Case Examples

18. International Treaties

19. International Agreements: Case Examples

20. Paris Agreement


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Professor R. P. Barston specialises in international relations and contemporary diplomacy. He previously taught at Lancaster University, London School of Economics and King’s College, and is a former member of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office with extensive diplomatic experience. International training missions include Malaysia (National Institute of Public Administration), Brunei, Vietnam and for maritime regulation, and, regional safety cooperation Jamaica; Trinidad. Previous publications include Maritime Dimension, The Other Powers and International Politics since 1945 .




"This is an invaluable textbook for those who study Diplomacy at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Its insights into contemporary diplomatic practice, and coverage of key areas such as trade, finance and the environment, also means it is essential reading for those who seek to understand global governance and the ways in which international agreements are secured. This new edition is very much welcomed." - Fiona Robertson-Snape, Staffordshire University, UK

"I am very pleased Ronald Barston’s Modern Diplomacy has been updated. It is a classic with a very practical orientation. I have used it with excellent results both as a reference guide and as a core text for students." - Andrew F. Cooper, University of Waterloo, Canada 

"In this new edition of Modern Diplomacy, Ronald Barston succeeds in improving on what is already a classic. He puts his direct experience of diplomacy to use in introducing readers to its nuts and bolts of its operations on a daily basis. Students will find the section on drafting treaties and agreements especially useful." - Paul Sharp, University of Minnesota Duluth, USA