The fifth edition of Diplomacy: Theory and Practice has just been published by Palgrave Macmillan. I have not only updated it but also added new chapters on ‘Secret Intelligence’ and ‘Economic and Commercial Diplomacy’. You can read more about it on the publisher’s own website here. Meanwhile, I am refreshing the Online Updating pages – which is quite a big job – and expect to have them posted within about two weeks, together with the new jacket cover on this page.

By way of postscript, I might add that it is good to note the near-exact coincidence of this publication with the announcement, on 14 July, of the nuclear deal with Iran, because the protracted negotiations leading up to it are one of the main examples I employ in the book. (The full text of the agreement can be found on numerous sites, for example here.) I applaud all those who have worked for this settlement and hope earnestly that it is not torpedoed by right-wing Neanderthals in Congress and the Middle East.