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The Diplomatic Corps as an Institution of International Society
 
 
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The diplomatic corps is one of the most obvious manifestations of the international society of states. Nevertheless, the body of diplomats which constitutes it in every capital city and home of international organizations has been almost completely neglected by contemporary international scholarship. This volume challenges the conventional view that the diplomatic corps is a leftover from the ceremony and privilege of a bygone era of "old diplomacy." Its essays trace the historical development of the diplomatic corps. They demonstrate its importance in setting the terms on which everyday international life continues to be undertaken and the way the corps has adapted to a world in which states are increasingly only one among many actors which require diplomatic representation.


Description

The diplomatic corps is one of the most obvious manifestations of the international society of states. Nevertheless, the body of diplomats which constitutes it in every capital city and home of international organizations has been almost completely neglected by contemporary international scholarship. This volume challenges the conventional view that the diplomatic corps is a leftover from the ceremony and privilege of a bygone era of "old diplomacy." Its essays trace the historical development of the diplomatic corps. They demonstrate its importance in setting the terms on which everyday international life continues to be undertaken and the way the corps has adapted to a world in which states are increasingly only one among many actors which require diplomatic representation.


Reviews


'...this is a predominantly optimistic, original and fascinating collection of essays, as multifaceted and protean as the diplomatic corps which it sets out to explore.' - Ann Lane, Asian Affairs
 
'Editors Paul Sharp and Geoffrey Wiseman have done an exceptionally well-focused job...This compendium is clearly suitable and informative to all international relations scholars, as well as general audiences with some knowledge of international relations.' - John D. Stempel, International Studies Review


Contents

Foreword; A.Watson
Introduction; J.Mayall
PART I: THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS FROM THE PAST TO THE PRESENT: HISTORICAL AND CONCEPTUAL BACKGROUND
The Origins of the Diplomatic Corps: Rome to Constantinople; G.R.Berridge
The Diplomatic Corps as a Symbol of Diplomatic Culture; S.Sofer
PART II: THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS AS A SETTLED AFFAIR
The Washington Diplomatic Corps: The Place, the Professionals, and their Performance; A.K.Henrikson
The London Diplomatic Corps; P.Lyon
The Emergence and Practices of the Oslo Diplomatic Corps; H.Leira & I.B.Neumann
PART III: THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS RECALLED BY PRACTITIONERS
Diplomacy in the East: Seoul, Beijing, and Pyongyang, 1981-2002; J.E.Hoare
Representing India in the Diplomatic Corps; K.S.Rana
PART IV: THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS IN ACTION
The Kathmandu Diplomatic Corps: In Search of a Role in Times of Transformation; H.Kabir
Genocide in Rwanda and the Kigali Diplomatic Corps: Consultation, Cooperation, Coordination; J.E.Leader
The Skopje Diplomatic Corps and the Macedonian Political Crisis of 2001; P.Sharp
PART V: THE FUTURE OF THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS
The European Corps: Diplomats and International Cooperation in Western Europe; M.K.D.Cross
Esprit de Corps: Sketches from Diplomatic Life in Stockholm, Hanoi, and New York; G.Wiseman
Conclusion: The Diplomatic Corps' Role in Constituting International Society; P.Sharp & G.Wiseman


Authors

PAUL SHARP is Professor and Head of Political Science at the University of Minnesota Duluth, USA. He is author of Thatcher's Diplomacy and co-editor (with Karl Schweizer) of The International Thought of Herbert Butterfield. He is founding co-chair of the Diplomatic Studies Section of the International Studies Association and Convener of the Group On Diplomacy of the British International Studies Association.

GEOFFREY WISEMAN was a member of the Australian Foreign Service and served as private secretary to the Australian Foreign Minister. He has also worked in the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General. He teaches diplomacy and international security at the University of Southern California, and his publications include Concepts of Non-Provocative Defence: Ideas and Practices in International Security.