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‘Soft power’ is nothing more than influence

Geoff Berridge

The term ‘soft power’ (and its siblings ‘hard power’ and ‘smart power’), employ...

Humanising immigration: Taking the discussion further

Biljana Scott

In this blog post, I want to respond to some of the questions that were raised during our r...

Language during COVID-19: UK case study

Biljana Scott

We all know that language changes over time, but we rarely have the chance to watch it muta...

Two kinds of conversation: Dialectic and dialogic

Aldo Matteucci

Ancient Greece developed a unique way of settling disagreements among cities: hoplites met ...

Training and courses

Resources

2020

British Heads of Mission at Constantinople, 1583-1922

British Heads of Mission at Constantinople from 1583 to 1922 is a detailed account of the diplomatic representatives representing Britain in the capital of the Ottoman Empire over a span of over three centuries. The book delves into the challenges, successes, and signi... Read more...

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2020

Bilateral Diplomacy: A Practitioner Perspective (Briefing Paper #15)

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2019

Diplomatic Notebooks 1, 1958-1960: The view from Ankara

Zeki Kuneralp (1914-1998) was one of Turkey’s most gifted, well-liked and influential diplomats of the second half of the twentieth century. This book, dispassionately edited, introduced and annotated by his son, the scholar-publisher Sinan Kuneralp, is the first of ... Read more...

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2019

Diplomatic Security under a Comparative Lens – Or Not?

“Diplomatic security” is the term now usually preferred to “diplomatic protection” for the steps taken by states to safeguard the fabric of their diplomatic and consular missions, the lives of their diplomatic and consular officers, and the integrity of their c... Read more...

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2019

Brian Barder’s Diplomatic Diary

Sir Brian Barder, the senior British diplomat and author of the always sage and sometimes gripping What Diplomats Do, died in 2017 but, courtesy of the professional editorial hand of his daughter Louise, has left us another treat. This is what he called a diary and whi... Read more...

2018

Diplomacy, Satire and the Victorians

This book, which rests on extensive use of private papers, official documents, press archives and not least Grenville-Murray’s vast output (including novels), is the first biography of this complex man to be written. It begins with the difficulties produced by his il... Read more...

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2017

The Summer Capitals of Europe, 1814-1919

This is an original work, meticulously researched, rich in detail, and written in a clear and – here and there – refreshingly pungent style. Soroka is a Russian scholar but at ease in English.... Read more...

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