Diplomacy and Challenges

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Michael Cox COL2.05A


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Diplomacy and International Strategy. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

This course will look at different meanings of the notion of diplomacy. It will focus, in particular on six key areas. The tools of diplomacy, the challenges ahead – pressure points, strategic decisions with a particular focus on Iran, the challenges ahead looking at flashpoints and what to watch out for, the future and crisis management and the European perspective from a diplomatic, political and military viewpoint.


20 hours of seminars, 6 hours of seminars, 1 hour and 30 minutes of seminars and 7 hours and 30 minutes of seminars in the LT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.

Formative coursework

One formative essay (2,000 words) with a pre-arranged title. Feedback will involve a meeting with each student to discuss their formative essay. We will aim to ensure that students are able to:

• Critically evaluate different kinds of evidence;

• Assess the strengths and weaknesses of competing explanatory paradigms;

• Formulate arguments in a coherent and balanced fashion.

Indicative reading

1. Chas. W. Freeman Jr., Arts of Power: Statecraft and Diplomacy, 1997
2. G. R. Berridge, Diplomatic Theory From Machiavelli To Kissinger (Studies in Diplomacy)
3. Henry Kissinger, Diplomacy, 1994
4. Michael Howard, The World According to Henry: From Metternich to Me, Foreign Affairs, May/June 1994,
5. Richard Ned Lebow, The Art of Bargaining, 1996
6. Chester Croker, Taming Intractable Conflicts, 2004
7. Michael Watkins and Susan Rosegrant, Breakthrough International Negotiations: How Great Negotiators Transformed the World's Toughest Post-War Conflicts, 2001
8. I. William Zartman & Jeffrey Z. Rubin eds, Power and Negotiation, 2000
9. Raymond Cohen, Negotiating Across Cultures, Rev.ed 1997
10. Michael Alexander, Managing the Cold War, 2005
11. Charles Cogan, French Negotiating Behaviour, 2003
2. Richard H. Solomon and Nigel Quinney, American Negotiating Behaviour, 2010
3. Aurelien Colson and Alain Pekar Lempereur, Methode de negociation (Dunod:Paris, 2005).
14. N Bayne & S Woolcock, The New Economic Diplomacy: Decision-Making and Negotiation in International Economic Relations, (second edition, 2007)
15. Odell, Negotiating the World Economy, 2001;
16. J Spero & J Hart, The Politics of International Economic Relations, sixth edition, (2003);
17. N Bayne, Staying Together: The G8 Summit Confronts the 21st Century, (2005).


Essay (100%, 4000 words) in the MT.

Key facts

Department: International Relations

Total students 2012/13: 1

Average class size 2012/13: 1

Value: One Unit

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