Diplomatic tools and techniques

Stay up to date!

Subscribe to DiploNews and stay up to date with upcoming events, new publications and research, and Diplo courses and training.

From our blog

[WebDebate #23 summary] #Cybermediation: New skills and tools for mediation

Andrijana Gavrilovic

In our July WebDebate, we looked at what new skills are needed for mediators to operate in a conflict environment impacted by the spread of new technologies, what new tools have become available in this context, and h...

[WebDebate #21 summary] Can we teach and learn negotiation skills online?

Andrijana Gavrilovic

In our May WebDebate, we looked at the potential of teaching and learning negotiation skills online. Joining us to to consider this possibility were Ambassador Kishan S. Rana, professor emeritus and DiploFoundation se...

The Internet and trust

Jovan Kurbalija

Reflections from the Science in Perspective discussion A few days ago, as I was on my way to ETH Zürich to moderate a session on Internet and Trust, I took a close look at the importance of trust for my daily rout...

Five reasons why Guterres’s election as UN Secretary General is VERY good news

Jovan Kurbalija

These days, good news in global politics is rare. But the election of António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres, Portuguese politician and diplomat, as the new UN Secretary General is VERY good news for a world facing ...

Training and courses

Multilateral Diplomacy

Starting 09 May 22

Bilateral Diplomacy

Starting 25 Jul 22

Economic Diplomacy

Starting 11 Oct 21

Language and Diplomacy

Starting 11 Oct 21

Public Diplomacy

Starting 21 Feb 22

Humanitarian Diplomacy

Starting 21 Feb 22

Resources

1996

The UN and the world diplomatic system: lessons from the Cyprus and US- North Korea talks

In Bourantonis, D. and M. Evriviades (eds), A United Nations for the Twenty-First Century(Kluwer Law International, 1996), pp. 105-16... Read more...

1999

The role of the diplomatic corps: the US-North Korea talks in Beijing, 1988-94

In J. Melissen (ed.), Innovation in Diplomatic Practice, pp. 214-30 (Macmillan, London, 1999), ISBN 0-333-69122-9/... Read more...

1994

Talking to the Enemy: How states without ‘diplomatic relations’ communicate

‘This is an elegant little monograph on what Churchill once called ‘black-market diplomacy, that is, communication between states that, for one reason or another, for example, war, strained relations or non-recognition, lack the normal methods of diplomatic convers... Read more...

2005

Cyprus: the search for a solution

Lord Hannay, a senior British diplomat with great experience of multilateral diplomacy, retired in 1995 but was then persuaded to accept the position of Britain’s Special Representative for Cyprus. In this role he played an influential part in the UN-led effort to br... Read more...

2014

Back Channel to Cuba: The hidden history of negotiations between Washington and Havana

This book went to press after the much-publicised handshake between US president Barack Obama and Cuban president Raul Castro at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in December 2013 – but before their historic, simultaneous announcements a year later, assisted by... Read more...

2004

Discourse on the Art of Negotiation

The translators of this modest, entirely abstract but nevertheless rather uplifting work on diplomacy, first published in French in 1737, are not new to the task of making the writings of Pecquet, a senior official in the French foreign ministry in the early eighteenth... Read more...

2004

Multilateral Conferences: Purposeful International Negotiation

Ron Walker was a member of the Australian diplomatic service for 37 years, for the last 22 of which (1975-96) he specialized in multilateral diplomacy. His book on this subject is not an academic book. Instead he has done for multilateral diplomacy what Kishan Rana has... Read more...