Diplomacy concerns relations between states; it is characterized by contact between recognized representatives and by the non-use of excessive force.
A diplomat – for instance, an ambassador – is a person who has been appointed to represent the government of his or her country in relations with other countries. Understanding diplomacy is essential for understanding today’s nation-state system, because it is primarily diplomats who carry out the basic work in international politics. NUPI research on diplomacy examines the growth of diplomatic institutions like envoys, the diplomatic corps and ministries of foreign affairs. We also study diplomatic practices, such as information gathering, reporting and negotiations.
Research questions within the field of diplomacy can include:
- What kind of people become diplomats?
- How are diplomats trained, and where do they work?
- What is the relationship between diplomacy and other international institutions, such as international law?
News about diplomacy
23 Nov 2016
Tax havens and developing countries – How do we curtail the increasing illicit financial flow from developing countries and which consequences do we see? Leading researchers and experts met in Bergen 21-22 November to discuss and present state-of-the-art research.
10 Aug 2016
How does digitalization lead to new kinds of global connections and disconnections in the developing countries? And which role does digitalization play for the UN's sustainable development goals? NUPI researchers set out to explore this in a new research project that maps...
Publications about diplomacy
: NUPI Policy Brief
2016Despite the difficulty in making predictions about an incoming American administration even before the inaugural process has been completed, the first two months since the US elections in November 2016 have already generated a great deal of debate and concern, about uncharted new directions in US foreign...
: APLN Policy Brief
2016The current and oft repeated pattern of responses to North Korean nuclear and missile provocations has failed to produce results. With the stakes becoming increasingly high it is time that a new approach is explored. The success to date of the deal to cap Iran’s nuclear program offers clues to a different...
Research projects about diplomacy
2017 - 2020 (Ongoing)
The concept of partnership is central to the organisation of international development aid. This project will study the concept of partnership in theory and practice.
The project is commissioned by the World Bank and seeks to better understand how the interplay between international actors and domestic political actors affects efforts to prevent violent conflict.
2017 - 2018 (Ongoing)
The ISPO Workshop Series will develop new and innovative analytical tools and vocabularies to help understand current developments in global politics.