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Trends in Diplomacy Today



This course contributes to students’ understanding of diplomacy today, i.e. the institutions and processes by which states and other actors represent themselves and their interests to one another. There will be attention for diplomacy’s role in contemporary international society, its machinery, as well as different conceptual and theoretical perspectives on diplomacy. More specifically, the course will look at some of the most salient trends in diplomatic practice.

Methods of Instruction

This course is seminar-based, with an emphasis on discussion and group assignments, including field work based on interviews.


The compulsory literature of approximately 700 pages will be made available electronically by the course lecturer. Before the start of the course, students will receive three articles/chapters for their preparatory reading.


Continuous assessment based on 100 per cent course attendance, active participation in group discussions, two group assignments including field work and oral presentations, and one piece of written work.


Tuesday 3 February until 17 March, 9.00-11.30 hrs in room 1.1 (1st floor) of the Open University of The Hague*
Tuesday 24 March, 9.00-11.00 hrs at Clingendael

*Open University, Lange Houtstraat 11 The Hague