Changing Practices of Diplomacy
The Changing Practices of Contemporary Diplomacy
- Professor: Christian Lequesne
- Session: July
- Language of instruction: English
- Number of hours of class: 36
Objective of the Course
The objective of this course is to show the students how diplomacy, as a specific social activity, is working in 2019. The course will consider diplomacy as an activity conducted by States co-acting with a variety of non-State actors in a ‘polylateral’ international system. Diplomacy is first of all about agency. The course will start mapping the different categories of agents, which are involved in diplomacy, from States to IOs, and firms to NGOs. Diplomacy is, second, about negotiations and intermediation. The course will identify the different formats of negotiation that are used by agents of the international system. Finally, diplomacy is about issues. Practices but also exercise of power are not the same, when agents are dealing with security, economic, or environmental issues. The student who takes this course must have understood at the end what it means “making” diplomacy and being a diplomat.
The objective of this course is to show the students how diplomacy, as a specific social activity, is working in 2019. The course will consider diplomacy as an activity still conducted by States in an international system where they are co-acting with non-State actors: subnational governments, supranational institutions, NGOs, transnational advocacy groups. The course will focus on the comparison of diplomatic processes mobilized by actors to reach foreign policy decisions, but it is not a course on comparative foreign policy analysis focusing on the outputs.
Organization of the Course
The course will be divided into three parts:
- Part 1 (lectures 1 to 4) will be a presentations of the main actors of contemporary diplomacy.
- Part 2 (lectures to 5 to 8) will concentrate on the art of diplomatic negotiations, both bilateral and multilateral.
- Part 3 (lectures 9 to 12) will consider the management of diplomacy in specific issue areas.
Main Professor Biography
Christian Lequesne, Ph.D, is a professor of political science at Sciences Po. He is publishing extensively on European Union politics and sociology of diplomacy. His ethnographic book on the practices of French diplomats was published in 2017 (Ethnographie du Quai d’Orsay. Les pratiques des diplomates français). Prof. Lequesne was Director of the Center for International Research (CERI) at Sciences Po from 2009 to 2013. He was also the Director of the Center for Social Sciences Research (CEFRES) in Prague from 2003 to 2006, and LSE-Sciences Po Alliance Professor at the London School of Economics from 2006 to 2008. He has been visiting professor in many universities in the world and is currently the chief editor of the European Review of International Studies (ERIS) and member of the editorial board of The Hague Journal of Diplomacy.