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(Palgrave, 2010), is almost certainly required reading for almost

all courses in diplomacy in the English-speaking world. Unlike

the tomes described above, Berridge’s treatment is succinct,

yet it covers the essential ground. Its centerpiece is diplomatic


I also recommend two other recent Berridge works:


Counter-Revolution in Diplomacy and Other Essays


2011) and

Embassies in Armed Con ict

(Palgrave, 2012). All

diplomats should read the latter book just in case they one day

nd themselves serving in a country embroiled in war. My only

criticism of these books is that they are costly. Get

your library to buy them for you.

Foundational Approaches

For those who seek to teach a foundational

course in diplomacy covering a larger palette,

there are now a number of competitors to


ese include Geo rey Pigman’s

Contemporary Diplomacy

(Polity, 2011);

Jean-Robert Leguey-Feilleux’s

e Dynamics

of Diplomacy

(Lynne Rienner, 2008); and—

probably the most readable and interesting

account—former Canadian diplomat Daryl


Guerrilla Diplomacy: Rethinking

International Relations

(Lynne Rienner, 2009).

Even newer works include Corneliu Bjola and

Markus Kornprobst’s superb treatment of diplo-


Understanding International Diplomacy:

eory, Practice and Ethics

(Routledge, 2013)

and—my hands-down favorite and one of the

texts I require my students to read—


in a Globalizing World:

eories and Practices

(Oxford University Press, 2012), edited by scholars

Pauline Kerr and Geo rey Wiseman.

Kerr and Wiseman have brought together 23 essays by

experts in the eld of diplomacy.

ese were all subject to strict

editorial review, enhancing accessibility for those new to the


e book has a clear logical structure, as each chapter

builds on the earlier ones. Among the topics covered is East

Asian diplomacy, a subject modern students of diplomacy

would do well to spend some time on. And as a bonus, the

book includes an instructor’s guide with supplemental mate-


Finally, I would like to commend the contributions of a

retired Indian ambassador who now devotes himself to teach-

ing and writing about the practical aspects of diplomacy, Kis-

Each of Prof. Geo‹ R.

Berridge’s many books is

impeccably written and

full of insights into the

fascinating formation of

modern diplomacy.

han Rana. Ambassador Rana has written a series

of books, the most recent of which is

21st Century

Diplomacy: A Practitioner’s Guide


2011; part of the Key Studies in Diplomacy Series

edited by Professor Lorna Lloyd), that are true go-to

guides for every diplomat.

I would be remiss, however, if I left readers with

the impression that these new volumes in any way

supplant the great classics, such as Sir Harold Nicol-



; George Kennan’s lectures from his

service at the National War College following World

War II, including “Measures Short of War”; and

Henry Kissinger’s


(Simon & Schuster,


ose are all on par with the seminal works

of de Calliéres and de Wicquefort I mentioned at

the beginning of this essay.

at said, books are far from the only excellent

materials available about diplomacy. Among the

many periodicals practitioners will nd useful is

e Hague Journal of Diplomacy

(Brill Publishers),

specially designed to capture research into diplo-

macy. Professor Paul Sharp, author of


eory of

International Relations

(Cambridge, 2009), and Professors Jan

Melissen and Geo rey Wiseman provide the editorial steward-

ship of

e Hague Journal.

I particularly commend the special

edition devoted to American diplomacy (Vol. 6; Nos. 3-4,

2011), now available as a book,

American Diplomacy


Nijho , 2012).

Add to the list online publications from institutes around

the world—from the U.S. Army’s Strategic Studies Institute and

the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, to Clingendael and the

Norwegian Institute of International A airs—and professional

diplomats will nd much to support and develop their knowl-

edge and skills.