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 Oct 2017
The Nordics have a lot to gain from learning from each other's relationship with China.
23 Aug 2017
China has played a central role in Japanese identity-making for centuries - what of its role today? asks Wrenn Yennie Lindgren (NUPI) in a new article.
8 Jun 2017
Can North Korea be dealt with peacefully?
Publications about diplomacy
2018This book examines a new type of state formation evoked by the rise of transnational rule, what Schia calls franchised states. Turning the UN into a field site and drawing on an anthropological fieldwork of the UN organization, he demonstrates how peacebuilding activities turned Liberia into an object...
Research projects about diplomacy
2017 - 2020 (Ongoing)
The aim of this project is to strengthen the ability of UN peace operations to respond to global security challenges and improve their effectiveness.
2017 - 2021 (Ongoing)
EMPRISE studies the role of the importance of power at sea for the formation of empires and states from 1500-1856.
2017 - 2018 (Ongoing)
Which tools to politicians in the Nordic countries have available to them in a more challenging geopolitical sphere?