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2021/2022

Global Diplomacy in the Modern World

Type: Mago-Lego
When: 3, 4 module
Open to: students of all HSE University campuses
Instructors: Olga Krasnyak
Language: English
ECTS credits: 3
Contact hours: 36

Course Syllabus

Abstract

This course explores how modern diplomacy and negotiation can effectively address seemingly “intractable” international conflicts and overcome barriers to agreement in civil wars, interstate conflicts, and in trade and finance. Each section of the course looks at a small number of abstract theoretical arguments or discussions, and a handful of more concrete applications of those theoretical ideas to specific historical episodes.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The main idea of this course is to help students to better understand the meaning and the role of diplomacy as an instrument that enables nation-states to secure the objectives of their foreign policies without resort to force, propaganda, or law.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • From a global perspective, students will be able to explain innovative use of diplomatic networks for maximising input of legitimate state and non-state stakeholders; people-directed diplomacy as a counterpoint to elite-based interactions and their impact on the international order; new principles of diplomatic conduct and compliance with international public law, especially diplomatic and international criminal law.
  • Students delve into negotiation as one of the functions of diplomacy designed to achieve the formal agreement between governments to a way forward on an issue that has come up in their relations.
  • Students will be able to explain situations in which diplomatic relations are in abeyance but the parties maintain an interest in communicating with each other through contacts in the diplomatic corps of third states or meetings in the wings of international organisations of which they are both members.
  • Students will be able to explain the centrality of communication to the diplomatic practice and the toolbox available for studying diplomacy.
  • Students will be able to explain the historical evolution of diplomacy to the present day, the key transformative moments of the diplomatic practice, as well as the main contributions and limitations of diplomacy in facilitating international peace and cooperation.
  • Students will be able to understand key features of contemporary global diplomacy, its multiplication of issue areas and actors, and to identify traditional and non-traditional diplomatic actors.
  • Students will comprehend diplomatic relations as the normal condition between states enjoying mutual recognition often defined as 'normal relations'. Also, students will understand the difference with the establishment of diplomatic relations when those were strained or non-existent.
  • Students will seek to understand and explain the occurrence of significant phenomena in diplomatic studies into three traditions of diplomatic thought.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Why and how should we study diplomacy?
  • Historical evolution of diplomacy: from ancient to modern diplomacy.
  • The art of negotiation.
  • Traditions of international thought of diplomacy.
  • Towards inclusive diplomacy.
  • Diplomatic relations.
  • Multifaceted global diplomacy.
  • Diplomacy without diplomatic relations.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Participation in in-class discussions
  • non-blocking Exam
  • non-blocking Essay
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2021/2022 4th module
    0.2 * Essay + 0.4 * Exam + 0.4 * Participation in in-class discussions
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Berridge, G. (2015). Diplomacy : Theory and Practice (Vol. Fifth edition). Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1054179
  • Bjola, C. V. (DE-588)139344675, (DE-627)610247239, (DE-576)308154444, aut. (2018). Understanding International Diplomacy Theory, Practice and Ethics orneliu Bjola, Markus Kornprobst.
  • Bjola, C., & Kornprobst, M. (2018). Understanding International Diplomacy : Theory, Practice and Ethics (Vol. Second edition). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1714804
  • Costas M. Constantinou, Pauline Kerr, & Paul Sharp. (2016). The SAGE Handbook of Diplomacy. SAGE Publications Ltd.
  • Diplomacy in a globalizing world theories and practices ed. by Pauline Kerr . (2013).
  • The SAGE handbook of diplomacy edited by Costas M. Constantinou, Pauline Kerr and Paul Sharp. (2016).

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Global diplomacy an introduction to theory and practice Thierry Balzacq, Frédéric Charillon, Frédéric Ramel, editors ; translated by William Snow. (2020).
  • Sharp, P., & British International Studies Association. (2009). Diplomatic Theory of International Relations. Cambridge University Press.