Diplomacy: Theory and Practice

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Suppose you have landed a diplomatic job after completion of your MA International Relations (IR) but your syllabus didn’t include any class on diplomacy and besides you don’t have much time to set aside for reading on widening concept of diplomacy. Then the book ‘Diplomacy: Theory and Practice’ is the right choice for you to read. It explains the nuts and bolts of diplomacy in a clear way. The book has been written by G.R. Berridge. The author is currently a professor of International Politics at the University of Leicester in UK. In addition to this book he previously wrote several books on diplomacy such as British Diplomacy in Turkey, A Dictionary of Diplomacy, and Diplomacy at the UN and so on.
Diplomacy is “a major ingredient of power” (1). States use diplomacy to achieve the purposes of “their foreign policy without resort to force or law” (Ibid). This book covers all essential aspects of diplomacy, from the procedure, methods, instruments, and institutions involved in conducting diplomacy. It provides step by step directions on carrying out diplomacy. Throughout the book author supports his ideas with sufficient evidences from political history.
The book begins with an introduction on Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). MFA is the most important organ in a state for coordinating "multidimensional international relationships" (19) of a state. It is assumed that the origin of MFA traces back to France when in 1589, Henry III appointed Louis de Revol as foreign minister.
Following the introductory part the book continues with the topic of 'negotiation'; "Negotiation consists of discussion between officially designated representatives" (25) of states to achieve an agreement over an issue, it is a lengthy and time consuming process that undergoes three important stages. Pre-negotiation is the first phase in which the parties agree on the need for negotiating.

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