The revolution in information and communication technologies and globalization processes are changing long–standing theories and practices of diplomacy. Exactly how diplomacy is changing, why, and with what implications for future theories and practices of diplomacy, is puzzling. Diplomacy in a Globalizing World introduces diplomacy students to the "diplomacy puzzle." More specifically, the book is a text that analyses contemporary diplomacy for graduate students at the masters level, for upper division undergraduates in their junior and senior years, and early career professionals studying and practicing diplomacy.

The book's twenty–three authors, themselves scholars of diplomacy, trace diplomacy's evolution over time and space, analyzing such factors as: diplomacy's historical and contemporary developments; Western and non–Western diplomatic theories and practices; sociological and political theories of diplomacy; and different diplomatic structures, processes, and instruments, such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, public diplomacy, bilateral and multilateral diplomacy, and intelligence. The book offers comparative, comprehensive, contemporary, and recently researched analyses that suggest twenty–first century diplomacy is best understood as "complex diplomacy."

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