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Diplomacy: Theory and Practice, 5th ed.  –  Online updating by chapter


Fifth Edition
(Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2015),
ISBN 9781137445506, xvi 296pp.

[buy this book] Recommended Reading for US Foreign Affairs Professionals
Some comments on previous editions:

‘… an excellent text-book which fills a gap in the current writing on diplomacy,’ Lord Wright of Richmond (Permanent Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign Office, 1986-91)

This book remains the best introduction to the subject, ’Alan Henrikson (Director of Diplomatic Studies, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy)

Berridge is the leading authority on contemporary diplomatic practice,’ Laurence E. Pope (former US ambassador and senior official at the Department of State)

Berridge’s study of diplomacy is the standard text on the subject – succinct yet substantial in content, lucid in style,’ John W. Young (Professor of International History at the University of Nottingham)

As advertised on p. xiv of the book, I am updating its text on this site as regularly as possible, with a separate page dedicated to each chapter. Among other things, I am adding further reflections and details of recent developments on the subject in question, as well as providing links to relevant Internet sites and new references. Where I give no source in support of some comment on recent events it can be assumed that it is based on contemporary press reports freely available on the Internet. If any links mentioned on these pages subsequently expire or move to a different address, I would be most grateful to be informed because I cannot always be checking them.

Chapter 1:   The Foreign Ministry

Chapter 2:   Prenegotiations

Chapter 3:   ‘Around-the-Table’ Negotiations

Chapter 4:   Diplomatic Momentum

Chapter 5:   Packaging Agreements

Chapter 6:   Following Up

Chapter 7:   Telecommunications

Chapter 8:   Embassies

Chapter 9:   Consulates

Chapter 10: Secret Intelligence

Chapter 11: Conferences

Chapter 12: Summits

Chapter 13: Public Diplomacy

Chapter 14: Economic and Commercial Diplomacy

Chapter 15: Disguised Embassies

Chapter 16: Special Missions

Chapter 17: Mediation