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Diplomacy

Christopher Seely

in International Relations

ISBN: 9780199743292
Published online March 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199743292-0012
Diplomacy

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States use diplomacy to resolve disputes, form alliances, negotiate treaties, strengthen economic relations, promote cultural and military exchanges, and for a variety of other purposes. Diplomacy encapsulates a broad arrangement of shifting rules, etiquette, goals, procedures, and agreements. There are international laws that govern some aspects of diplomacy, while other elements are based on tradition, pragmatism, and expediency. Nonstate actors—including but not limited to nongovernmental organizations and multinational corporations—play an increasingly important role in diplomatic relations as the tides of globalization shift the international landscape. Yet, no matter how much the international arena changes, diplomacy will always play a central role in dictating how states and other entities interact. The literature on diplomacy is broad and varied, but most of it is accessible to students of all levels, including undergraduates and experts alike. However, some of the more specialized works may require that students read an introductory textbook first in order to help them understand some of the terms and concepts.

Article.  9016 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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