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Best Diplomacy Books You Should Read

There are countless Diplomacy courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

1. Diplomacy (Touchstone Book) (1995)

 Best Diplomacy Books You Should ReadA brilliant, sweeping history of diplomacy that includes personal stories from the noted former Secretary of State, including his stunning reopening of relations with China.The seminal work on foreign policy and the art of diplomacy. Moving from a sweeping overview of history to blow-by-blow accounts of his negotiations with world leaders, Henry Kissinger describes how the art of diplomacy has created the world in which we live, and how America’s approach to foreign affairs has always differed vastly from that of other nations. Brilliant, controversial, and profoundly…
Author(s): Henry Kissinger

2. Career Diplomacy: Life and Work in the US Foreign Service (2017)

 Best Diplomacy Books You Should ReadCareer Diplomacy is an insider’s guide to the Foreign Service as an institution, a profession, and a career.  In this thoroughly revised third edition, Kopp and Naland provide an up-to-date, authoritative, and candid account of the life and work of professional US diplomats, who advance and protect this country’s national security interests around the globe. The authors explore the five career tracks ― consular, political, economic, management, and public diplomacy ― through their own experience and through interviews with more than a hundred current and former members of the Foreign Service. They lay out what to expect in a…
Author(s): Harry W. Kopp, John K. Naland

3. The Oxford Handbook of Modern Diplomacy (Oxford Handbooks) (2015)

 Best Diplomacy Books You Should ReadAt a time when diplomatic practices and the demands imposed on diplomats are changing quite radically, and many foreign ministries feel they are being left behind, there is a need to understand the various forces that are affecting the profession. Diplomacy remains a salient activity in today's world in which the basic authoritative actor is still the state. At the same time, in some respects the practice of diplomacy is undergoing significant, even radical, changes to the context, tools, actors and domain of the trade. These changes spring from the changing nature of the state,…
Author(s): Andrew F. Cooper, Jorge Heine , et al.

4. American Diplomacy: Sixtieth-Anniversary Expanded Edition (Walgreen Foundation Lectures) (2012)

 Best Diplomacy Books You Should ReadFor more than sixty years, George F. Kennan’s American Diplomacy has been a standard work on American foreign policy. Drawing on his considerable diplomatic experience and expertise, Kennan offers an overview and critique of the foreign policy of an emerging great power whose claims to rightness often spill over into self-righteousness, whose ambitions conflict with power realities, whose judgmentalism precludes the interests of other states, and whose domestic politics frequently prevent prudent policies and result in overstretch. Keenly aware of the dangers of military intervention and the negative effects of domestic…
Author(s): George F. Kennan, John J. Mearsheimer

5. The Art of The Possible: Documents On Great Power Diplomacy, 1814 – 1914 (1996)

 Best Diplomacy Books You Should ReadAn anthology for courses dealing with great power diplomacy in the 19th century, this book raises crucial questions in the history of European foreign relations and seeks to address those questions through excerpts from the documentary record. Included are sources from conference protocol, and treaties as well as from previously untapped sources such as speeches, diary entries, and correspondence. Half the documents included have been translated into English for the first time. Each chapter is introduced by a brief paragraph placing that chapter in a larger historical context. Each document, or group of…
Author(s): Ralph Menning

6. Diplomacy in a Globalizing World (2017)

 Best Diplomacy Books You Should ReadIn Diplomacy in a Globalizing World: Theories and Practices, Second Edition, twenty-three respected scholars contribute to the debate about the changing nature of contemporary diplomacy and its future theoretical and practical directions. Filling a gap in the diplomacy textbook market, this unique volume balances breadth with depth and theory with practice, using cutting-edge comparisons to show the complexities of twenty-first-century diplomacy. #768,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #1064 in International Relations (Books) #808 in International Diplomacy (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would…
Author(s): Pauline Kerr, Geoffrey Wiseman

7. Face-to-Face Diplomacy: Social Neuroscience and International Relations (2019)

 Best Diplomacy Books You Should ReadFace-to-face diplomacy has long been the lynchpin of world politics, yet it is largely dismissed by scholars of International Relations as unimportant. Marcus Holmes argues that dismissing this type of diplomacy is in stark contrast to what leaders and policy makers deem as essential and that this view is rooted in a particular set of assumptions that see an individual’s intentions as fundamentally inaccessible. Building on recent evidence from social neuroscience and psychology, Holmes argues that this assumption is problematic. Marcus Holmes studies some of the most important moments…
Author(s): Marcus Holmes

8. Diplomacy: Theory and Practice (2015)

 Best Diplomacy Books You Should ReadFully revised and updated, this comprehensive guide to diplomacy explores the art of negotiating international agreements and the channels through which such activities occur when states are in diplomatic relations, and when they are not. This new edition includes chapters on secret intelligence and economic and commercial diplomacy. #756,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #1041 in International Relations (Books) #83 in International Political Treaties #790 in International Diplomacy (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for…
Author(s): G. R. Berridge

9. Global Politics: Engaging a Complex World (2012)

 Best Diplomacy Books You Should ReadWhat are the crucial elements of a strong Global Politics program? This is the question we posed to instructors around the country. The answer: and . These constitute the foundation of Global Politics: Engaging a Complex World. This contemporary presentation stresses the importance of global events and offers students a number of lenses through which to view the world around them. With Connect, Global Politics is an integrated print and digital content program geared toward undergraduate students taking a first-time international relations course. This highly accessible, comprehensive, yet concise…
Author(s): Mark Boyer, Natalie Hudson, et al.

10. Diplomacy: Theory and Practice (2010)

 Best Diplomacy Books You Should ReadDiplomacy, widely recognized as the standard textbook on its subject and already translated into six languages, has been comprehensively updated, reorganized and greatly expanded. There are new chapters on consuls, public diplomacy, special envoys, and how agreements are best followed up, the last featuring a close look at no torture agreements….
Author(s): G.R. Berridge

11. Introduction to International Development: Approaches, Actors, and Issues (2012)

 Best Diplomacy Books You Should ReadDeveloped specifically for international development students from diverse backgrounds, Introduction to International Development: Approaches, Actors, and Issues is renowned for providing a common theoretical toolkit that is accessible to students who may be encountering post-modernism and post-colonialism for the first time. To reflect the multidisciplinary nature and varying perspectives in the field, this text includes 27 articles by leading scholars and practitioners from backgrounds as varied as geography, political science, women’s studies, and…
Author(s): Paul Haslam, Jessica Schafer, et al.

12. Public Diplomacy: Foundations for Global Engagement in the Digital Age (Contemporary Political Communication) (2019)

 Best Diplomacy Books You Should ReadNew technologies have opened up fresh possibilities for public diplomacy, but this has not erased the importance of history. On the contrary, the lessons of the past seem more relevant than ever, in an age in which communications play an unprecedented role. Whether communications are electronic or hand-delivered, the foundations remain as valid today as they ever have been. Blending history with insights from international relations, communication studies, psychology, and contemporary practice, Cull explores the five core areas of public diplomacy: listening, advocacy, cultural diplomacy, exchanges, and international broadcasting. He…
Author(s): Nicholas J. Cull

13. The Tragedy of American Diplomacy (50th Anniversary Edition) (2009)

 Best Diplomacy Books You Should Read“A brilliant book on foreign affairs.”―Adolf A. Berle Jr., New York Times Book Review This incisive interpretation of American foreign policy ranks as a classic in American thought. First published in 1959, the book offered an analysis of the wellsprings of American foreign policy that shed light on the tensions of the Cold War and the deeper impulses leading to the American intervention in Vietnam. William Appleman Williams brilliantly explores the ways in which ideology and political economy intertwined over time to propel American expansion and empire in the…
Author(s): William Appleman Williams , Andrew J. Bacevich, et al.

Best Diplomacy Books You Should Read

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North of Havana: The Untold Story of Dirty Politics, Secret Diplomacy, and the Trial of the Cuban Five

Author(s): Martin Garbus
ID: 2446291, Publisher: The New Press, Year: 4 Jun 2019, Size: 7 Mb, Format: epub

Japan’s Asian Diplomacy: Power Transition, Domestic Politics, and Diffusion of Ideas

Author(s): Hidetaka Yoshimatsu
ID: 2815172, Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2021, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf

European Cultural Diplomacy and Arab Christians in Palestine, 1918–1948: Between Contention and Connection

Author(s): Karène Sanchez Summerer, Sary Zananiri
ID: 2831075, Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2021, Size: 8 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are truly best-sellers according to Washington Post, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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