Towards an enhanced understanding of diplomacy as the business of peace

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Abstract: In this paper it is proposed that the traditional view of diplomacy is an archaic vision of the ‘engine room of international relations.’ This rhetoric, it is argued, is parochial and does not match the realities of the modern, twenty-first century diplomatic environment where plural, peaceful and polylateral networks of diplomacy are thriving. In the modern diplomatic environment, the activity of diplomacy should be viewed as the business of multi-actor peace, not only as the handmaiden of the occasionally belligerent state. New, radical and innovative views on diplomacy are flooding the diplomacy studies field. This paper will summarise these views into three distinct Schools of diplomatic thought - Traditional, Nascent and Innovative - which allude to this positive growth in scholarship. This paper will argue - centrally - that an enhanced understanding of diplomacy is the best chance society has to replace the norm of conflict with that of stability and peace achieved through diplomatic functions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWar fronts
Subtitle of host publicationInterdisciplinary perspectives on war, virtual war and human security
EditorsN. Gertz
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherInter-Disciplinary Press
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9781904710660
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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