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
25 Jun 2020
What does freedom mean? In her new book, NUPI Senior Research Fellow Rita Augestad Knudsen examines the use of this concept within international politics.
17 Jun 2020
The world as we have come to know it is changing. How do Norwegians respond to these changes? What are their views of Norwegian foreign policy?
13 May 2020
- Jarle Trondal
- Aksemi Newsome
The Covid-19 crisis and its wide-ranging consequences illustrate the importance of understanding how the EU responds to crises. Drawing on a forthcoming book, Marianne Riddervold (NUPI), Jarle Trondal (University of Agder and ARENA) and Akasemi Newsome (UC Berkeley) discuss...
Publications about diplomacy
2020During the pandemic era, media reports and leaks indicate a growing assertiveness from China towards the EU. Is this a sign of a new normal in China's EU policy of something else entirely? To devise an appropriate response, the EU should contrast this perceived assertiveness with China's long-term...
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Research projects about diplomacy
2020 - 2023 (Ongoing)
Tension between great powers in world politics is escalating rapidly. What are the driving forces behind deteriorating relations? Can we explain them solely by the ‘aggressiveness’ of the other (be they...
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2019 - 2020 (Ongoing)
The main aim of the project is the publication of a book in Norwegian about the consequences for the seafood industry if the EEA agreement is terminated.
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2020 - 2024 (Ongoing)
Does investing in roads and railroads in another country generate increased political influence? ROADS seeks to answer this question by zooming in on China´s role in building high-speed railways (HSR)...