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OADI 2015 - Theory & Practice of Diplomacy

Type d'enseignement : Lecture and tutorials

Semester : Autumn and Spring 2018-2019

Number of hours : to be defined

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Building on the history of diplomacy, its actors and practices, this course will provide students with the necessary tools better understand and analyze the contemporary issues and challenges of the “art of negotiation”. A senior career diplomat, Mr. Moratinos served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (2004-2010) and Special Representative of the European Union for the Middle East (1996-2003). In his term at the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he held the presidency of the United Nations Security Council and the chairmanships-in-office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Council of Europe and the Council of the European Union.


  • MORATINOS, Miguel Angel (Professeur associé à Sciences Po)
  • TENENBAUM, Charles (Maitre de Conférences)

Course validation

Negotiation Simulations (60%, group) : during the four last sessions, groups of students will present a case of negotiation simulation. Each group will have previously chosen a case study (ancient or contemporary diplomatic negotiation) approved by the teacher. The group will hand out a max 10 pages' report (electronic version to be sent by the end of semester, paper outline to be handed out in class) presenting the context and main characteristics of the studied negotiation along with elements of negotiation strategies. The group will engage in a simulation of the negotiation using techniques and principles studied in class. Read & discuss (40%, Individual or by group of 2) : for each session, students will present a text previously distributed to the class. Not exceeding 10 minutes, the Read & Discuss presentation will provide the audience with elements of contexts (the author, its writings), a summary of the text's main arguments along with a personal point of view related to an existing theoretical or political debate. A two-page written version of the Read & Discuss exercise will be submitted online no later than the Friday preceding the Monday/Tuesday course session. All students should have read one of the texts distributed online for the corresponding session. Essential texts are to be found in ‘Read & Discuss' files on Google Drive. These are the texts to be presented in class. Or, Diplomacy in the news (40%, individual or by group of 2) : during each session, a group of students will present a recent diplomatic event, negotiation process or issue related to ongoing international political debate. In a 10-min format, this “Diplomacy in the news” review will have to present the players at stake, their strategies and the overall dynamic of contemporary diplomatic issues. This work should be based on newspaper article but might also include contents from specialized online blogs and journals dedicated to foreign affairs and diplomacy. An outline of the oral presentation should be submitted online no later than the Friday preceding the Monday/Tuesday course session.


Attendance and student participation in class.Students should actively and regularly take part to the class discussions. A general debate on the issue of strategies of Appeasement vs. Use of force will be organized during the semester. Relevant texts will be circulated beforehand in order to best prepare for the particular session.

Required reading

Berridge, Geoff. Diplomacy : Theory and Practice. Houndmills Basingstoke Hampshire, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005

Additional required reading

  • Berridge, Geoff. Diplomacy : theory and practice. Houndmills Basingstoke Hampshire, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005
  • Cohen, Samy. Les diplomates : négocier dans un monde chaotique. Paris: Autrement, 2002
  • Hamilton, Keith, and Richard Langhorne. The practice of diplomacy : its evolution, theory, and administration. London ; New York: Routledge, 1995
  • Melissen, Jan. Innovation in diplomatic practice Studies in diplomacy. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999