Debates about Contemporary and Future Diplomacy
Geoffrey Allen Pigman
This chapter examines principal academic debates surrounding contemporary diplomacy, addressing how the debates affect diplomatic practice. The first debate involves questions of what is to be included in what scholars and practitioners consider to be diplomacy. The second debate addresses to what extent contemporary diplomacy can be considered to have changed from its historical practice, and the implications of such change for practitioners. The third debate explores how theory relates to practice in diplomacy. The chapter concludes by asking with what means academic debates over diplomacy might be resolved and how their resolution or lack thereof affects diplomatic practice. The chapter is intended to frame these debates for readers and to provide the tools readers need to take their own positions.