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Contemporary Diplomacy Paperback – February 7, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0745642802 ISBN-10: 0745642802 Edition: 1st
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Editorial Reviews


"This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand global interactions through diplomacy and, in particular, the role of diplomacy in today's turbulent world."
Selwa Roosevelt, former United States Chief of Protocol

"Contemporary diplomacy is being handled by larger numbers of people dealing with a larger number of issues than ever before. Its methods and its structures are evolving, sometimes creakily, to match. This book gives the first complete account of where and why these changes are occurring and it is simply essential reading for all who study diplomacy and its place in 21st-century global governance."
Richard Langhorne, Rutgers University

"This incisive study straddles with ease the theoretical and practical worlds of diplomacy. A valuable and timely addition to the literature with several novel features on the role of non-state actors."
Kishan Rana, Former Indian Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany

"The clarity of its argument and the quality of the research underpinning it, as well as the elegance of its writing, make Geoffrey Pigman's work an essential book for students and scholars interested in the dynamics of diplomacy in the post Cold War world."
Erik Goldstein, Boston University

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Contemporary Diplomacy offers a comprehensive introduction to the changing actors, venues, processes and functions of diplomacy in the 21st century.

The book is divided into two main parts: part I focuses on diplomatic actors and venues: from the traditional nation-state actors of classical diplomatic studies to newer types of actor, such as multilateral organizations, supranational polities, global firms, civil society organizations and eminent person diplomats. Part II examines diplomatic processes and functions, reconsidering the core diplomatic functions of representation and communication in light of new communications technologies and the increased importance of public diplomacy. It looks in-depth at specific functional areas of diplomacy - including economic, military and security, and cultural diplomacy - and how they are managed. The concluding chapter reflects more broadly on the relationship of diplomatic theory to practice and considers the range of challenges facing diplomats today.

This book will be essential reading for students of diplomacy, politics, international relations and conflict studies.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Polity; 1 edition (February 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745642802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745642802
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,483,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Geoffrey Allen Pigman received a B.A. from Swarthmore College, an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and a D. Phil. in International Relations from the University of Oxford. Dr. Pigman is a Member of the Faculty in Political Economy at Bennington College (Vermont, U.S.A.), where he teaches courses in political economy, diplomacy and international business. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Change and Governance, Rutgers University - Newark and a visiting Research Associate at the Institute for Global Dialogue, Pretoria, South Africa. His principal areas of research are contemporary diplomacy, the politics of international trade, and foreign economic policy making. Recent publications include The World Economic Forum: A multi-stakeholder approach to global governance (Routledge, 2006) and Contemporary Diplomacy (Polity Press, 2010).

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martin Dvorak on February 6, 2013
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It was not for me, but I just opened few pages and was not able to leave the book. Intersting book especially for the students of foreign affairs
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