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BSPO 1830A - The Changing Practices of Contemporary Diplomacy

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The objective of this course is to show the students how diplomacy, as a specific social ac)vity, is working in 2017. The course will consider diplomacy as an activity still conducted by States in an international system where they are co-actors with others (non-State actors, subnational governments, supranational institutions). The course will be divided into three parts Part 1 (lectures 1 to 4) will present 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.


LEQUESNE, Christian (Reserchear director CERI, Sciences Po)

Course validation

The course will be assessed on the basis of three elements : presentation in class (30%), general participation (20%) and a final research paper (50%)

Required reading

C.M. Constantinou, P. Kerr, P. Sharp (eds), The Sage Handbook of Diplomacy, London, Sage, 2016.

Additional required reading

  • G.R. Berridge, Diplomacy. Theory and Practice, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
  • C. Lequesne, Ethnographie du Quai d'Orsay. Les pratiques des diplomates français, Paris, CNRS Editions, 2017 (for the students who read in French)
  • G. Allan Pigman, Contemporary Diplomacy, Cambridge, Polity Press, 2010.