Diplomacy and Challenges

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Michael Cox COL2.05A


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

Course content

This course looks at six key aspects of diplomacy: the tools of diplomacy, both old and new; the arts of diplomatic and business negotiation; how different types of crisis have been resolved; in-depth discussions of a major current international problem; the challenges ahead, including flashpoints; preventative action and crisis management.


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).


Project (100%, 3000 words) in the LT.

3.000 word assessed policy paper setting out a detailed strategy to implement a policy.

Student performance results

(2011/12 - 2013/14 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 24.7
Merit 66.2
Pass 9.1
Fail 0

Key facts

Department: International Relations

Total students 2014/15: 27

Average class size 2014/15: Unavailable

Controlled access 2014/15: No

Value: One Unit

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