Diplomatic Sites: A Critical Enquiry

Hardcover | March 15, 2013

byIver Neumann

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Although diplomacy increasingly takes place in non-traditional settings that are increasingly non-Western, our debates about diplomacy still focus on traditional points of contact such as the conference table, the ministerial office and the press conference. This book is framed as a discussionon whether increasing globalisation and the rise of powers such as China, India and Brazil will precipitate a crisis in diplomacy; it also tackles the problem of diplomatic Eurocentrism head on. The author, who has broad working experience of diplomacy, reflects on sites that range from the dining table--a quotidian and elementary meeting place where all kinds of business is settled amid a variety of culturally specific but little-known practices--via the civil-war interstices wherediplomats from third parties try to facilitate and mediate conflict, to grand diplomatic extravaganzas, the object of which is to overwhelm the other party. In a media age, popular understanding of diplomacy is a force to be reckoned with, hence the book discusses how diplomacy is represented in analmost wholly overlooked space, namely that of popular culture. The author concludes that, far from being in crisis, diplomatic activity is increasingly in evidence in a variety of sites. Rather than being a dying art, in today's globalized world it positively thrives.

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Although diplomacy increasingly takes place in non-traditional settings that are increasingly non-Western, our debates about diplomacy still focus on traditional points of contact such as the conference table, the ministerial office and the press conference. This book is framed as a discussionon whether increasing globalisation and the...

Iver B. Neumann is professor and Director of Research at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). Between 1980 and 2005, he worked in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in four different capacities, for a total of six years. His latest books are At Home with the Diplomats and (with Ole Jacob Sending), Governing ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 5.71 × 8.58 × 0.71 inPublished:March 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199327963

ISBN - 13:9780199327966

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