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PIED5650M Reading List

Diplomatic Practice, 2021/22, Semester 2
Blake Lawrinson
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

WEEK 1: Introducing Diplomacy

Required reading

Constantinou, C, Kerr, P., and Sharp, P. (2016), “Introduction: Understanding Diplomatic Practice”, in: Constantinou, C., Kerr, P. and Sharp, P (eds), The SAGE Handbook of Diplomacy, London: SAGE, pp. 1–10. 

Leira, H (2016), “A conceptual history of diplomacy”, in: Constantinou, Costas M, Kerr, Pauline and Sharp, Paul (eds), The SAGE Handbook of Diplomacy, London: SAGE, pp. 28–38. 

Pouliot, V and Cornut, J. (2015) Practice theory and the study of diplomacy: A research agenda. Cooperation and Conflict. 50(3), pp.297-315. 

Suggested further reading

Cooper, F. Heine, J. and Thakur, R. (2013) “Introduction: The Challenges of 21st-Century Diplomacy”, in: Cooper, F. Heine, J. and Thakur, R. (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Modern Diplomacy, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp.1-34

Constantinou, C and Sharp, P. (2016), “Theoretical Perspectives in Diplomacy”, in: Constantinou, C., Kerr, P. and Sharp, P (eds), The SAGE Handbook of Diplomacy, London: SAGE, pp. 13-25.


WEEK 2: Working practices at the UN Security Council: What (or who) are they for?

Required reading

Adler-Nissen, R. and Pouliot, V. (2014) 'Power in practice: Negotiating the international intervention in Libya', European Journal of International Relations, 20(4), pp. 889-911.

Ralph, J. and Gifkins, J. (2017) 'The purpose of United Nations Security Council practice: Contesting competence claims in the normative context created by the Responsibility to Protect', European Journal of International Relations, 23(3), pp. 630-653.

Aderidan Bola (2018) Reforming the Security Council through a Code of Conduct: A Sisyphean Task? Ethics and International Affairs 32 (4): 463-482.

Jess Gifkins, Samuel Jarvis, Jason Ralph (2019) ‘Brexit and the UN Security Council: declining British influence?’ International Affairs, 95, (6)1349–1368.

Suggested further reading

Schia, N. N. (2017) 'Horseshoe and Catwalk: Power, Complexity, and Consensus-Making in the United Nations Security Council', in Niezen, R. & Sapignoli, M. (eds.) Palaces of Hope: The Anthropology of Global Organizations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Schia, N. N. (2013) 'Being Part of the Parade - "Going Native" in the United Nations Security Council', Political and Legal Anthropology Review, 36(1), pp. 138-156.

Wiseman, G. (2015) 'Diplomatic Practices at the United Nations', Cooperation and Conflict, 50(3), pp. 316-333.

Sievers, L. and Daws, S. (2014) The Procedure of the UN Security Council. 4th edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Niezen, R. and M. Sapignoli (2017). Palaces of Hope: The Anthropology of Global Organisations. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

Smith, C. B. (2006). Politics and Process at the United Nations: The Global Dance. London, Lynn Rienner Publishers.

Bode, I. (2018) 'Reflective practices at the Security Council: Children and armed conflict and the three United Nations', European Journal of International Relations, 24(2).

Werner, W. (2017) 'Recall it again, Sam. Practices of Repetition in the Security Council', Nordic Journal of International Law. 82(2), pp.151-169.

Rosenthal, G. (2017). Inside the United Nations: Multilateral Diplomacy up Close. Abingdon and New York, Routledge.


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WEEK 3: Human rights and atrocity prevention diplomacy

Required reading

 Forsythe, D. P (2013) Human Rights. In: Cooper, Andrew F; Heine, Jorge and Thakur, Ramesh (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Modern Diplomacy, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 658-674.

Weiss, T.G. (2013) The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and Modern Diplomacy. In: Cooper, Andrew F; Heine, Jorge and Thakur, Ramesh (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Modern Diplomacy, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp.763-778.

Bellamy, A.J. (2017) Negotiating the Responsibility to Protect in the UN System: The Roles of Formal and Informal Groups. The Hague Journal of Diplomacy. 12(2-3), pp.197-220.

Smith, C.Q and Williams, S. G (2021) Why Indonesia Adopted ‘Quiet Diplomacy’ over R2P in the Rohingya Crisis: The Roles of Islamic Humanitarianism, Civil–Military Relations, and ASEAN. Global Responsibility to Protect. 13(2-3), pp.158-185.

Suggested further reading

Mullerson, R.A. (1997) Human rights diplomacy (London: Routledge). 

Honna, J (2012) Japan and the Responsibility to Protect: coping with human security diplomacy. Pacific Review. 25(1), p.95-112. 

Mohamad, R. (2020) Reconciling State's Sovereignty with Global Norms: Indonesia's Quiet Diplomacy in Myanmar and the Feasibility of the Implementation of Responsibility to Protect (R2P) in Southeast Asia. Global Responsibility to Protect12(1), pp.11-36. 

Rhona, S., Mallory, C. and Molloy, S (2020) Brexiting human rights diplomacy at the United Nations Human Rights Council: opportunity or cause for concern? The International Journal of Human Rights24(4), pp.414-438. 

Myrick, R and Weinstein, J (2021) Making Sense of Human Rights Diplomacy: Evidence from a US Campaign to Free Political Prisoners. International OrganizationFirst View, pp.1-35.


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WEEK 4: Diplomacy and global health

Required reading

Watal, J (2011) ‘From Punta Del Este to Doha and Beyond: Lessons from the TRIPS Negotiating Processes’. [Online]. Available from SSRN:

Lister, G. and Lee, K (2013) ‘The Process and Practice of Negotiation’, in: Ilona Kickbusch Graham Lister, Michaela Told, and Nick Drager (eds). Global Health Diplomacy Concepts, Issues, Actors, Instruments, Fora and Cases. Springer.

Hoen, E (2002) TRIPS, Pharmaceutical Patents, and Access to Essential Medicines: A Long Way From Seattle to Doha. Chicago Journal of International Law. 3(1), pp.27-46.

Hoen, E. Berger, J., Calmy, A. and Moon, S (2011) Driving a decade of change: HIV/AIDS, patents and access to medicines for all. Journal of the International AIDS Society, 14(16), pp.2-12.

Labonte, R. and Johri, M (2020) COVID-19 drug and vaccine patents are putting profit before people. The Conversation. [Online]. Available from:


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WEEK 5: No Seminars - Position Paper Preparation 


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WEEK 6: Simulation I

Suggested reading

Davenport, Deborah (2005), “An alternative explanation for the failure of the UNCED forest negotiations”, Global Environmental Politics, 5 (1), pp. 105–130.

Haug, Constance and Gupta, Joyeeta (2013), “Global Forest Governance”, in: Gupta, Joyeeta, van der Grijp, Nicolien and Kuik, Onno, Climate Change, Forests and REDD: Lessons for Institutional Design, Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 52-70.

Haug, Constance and Gupta, Joyeeta (2013), “The emergence of REDD on the global policy agenda”, in: Gupta, Joyeeta, van der Grijp, Nicolien and Kuik, Onno, Climate Change, Forests and REDD: Lessons for Institutional Design, Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 77–98.

Humphreys, David (2004), “Redefining the issues: NGO influence on international forest negotiations”, Global Environmental Politics, 4 (2), pp. 51–74.

Rowe, Elana Wilson (2015), “Locating international REDD+ power relations: Debating forests and tress in international climate negotiations”, Geoforum, 66, pp. 64–74.


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WEEK 7: Simulation II


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WEEK 8: Gender in International Diplomacy

Required reading

 Aroussi, S and Somerville, I. (2013) ‘Campaigning for ‘Women, Peace and Security’: Transnational advocacy networks at the United Nations Security Council’ in Gender and public relations: Critical perspectives on voice, image and identity, C. Daymon & K. Demetrious (eds.) London: Routledge. pp. 156-176.

Cockburn, Cynthia (2007) From where we stand: women's movements against militarism and war London: Zed Books. CHAPTER 5 132- 155.

Suggested further reading

Aroussi, S. (2017) Women, Peace, and Security: Repositioning gender in peace agreements, Cambridge Core: Cambridge University press. Also published in a hard copy by Intersentia (2015) Chapter 1 pp-9-46.

Johnson, J.E., Hestermann, X.M. (2019) How Human Rights Advocates Influence Policy at the United Nations. Hum Rights Rev 20, pp. 145–160. 

Otto, Dianne (2019) “Contesting Feminism’s Institutional Doubles: Troubling the Security Council’s Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Janet Halley, et al., (ed) Governance Feminism: Notes from the Field, USA: University of Minnesota Press.

Halley, Janet, et al. (2018) Governance Feminism: An Introduction. USA: University of Minnesota Press University of Minnesota Press. (part 1 pp-3 to 72).


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WEEK 9: Climate Change Diplomacy 

Required reading

Stefanini, Sara (2019) ’Switzerland puts geoengineering governance on UN environment agenda’, Climate Home News. Available at: (read the draft resolution text available on this article).

McLaren, D., & Corry, O. (2021). Clash of Geofutures and the Remaking of Planetary Order: Faultlines underlying Conflicts over Geoengineering Governance. Global Policy, 12, 20-33.

Harvard University Solar Geoengineering Research Blog (2019). ‘Perspectives on the UNEA resolution.

Suggested further reading

Beck, S., & Forsyth, T. (2017). Environmental science and international relations. Pp. 81-99 in O. Corry and H. Stevenson (eds.) Traditions and Trends in Global Environmental Politics. International Relations and the Earth. Abingdon: Routledge.

Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment (2019) ‘Geoengineering on the agenda at the United National Environment Assembly’, blogs posted on

Meehan, K., Klenk, N. L., & Mendez, F. (2018). The geopolitics of climate knowledge mobilization: Transdisciplinary research at the science–policy interface (s) in the Americas. Science, Technology, & Human Values, 43(5), 759-784.

Roberts T.J. and B. Parks ‘A Model of North-South (Non-)Cooperation’ in Les Gasser: A Climate of Injustice: Global Inequality, North-South Politics, and Climate Policy (Boston: MIT Press), pp. 25-66


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WEEK 11: Public and Celebrity Diplomacy 

Required reading

Cooper, Andrew F (2016), “Davos: Mixing Glamorous Buzz with Material Bite”, in: Celebrity Diplomacy, Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 70–90.

Shortis, Emma (2015), “`Who can resist this guy?` Jacques Cousteau, Celebrity Diplomacy, and the Environmental Protection of the Antarctic”, Australian Journal of Politics and History, 61 (3), pp. 366–380.

Wheeler, Mark (2011), “Celebrity diplomacy: United Nations’ Goodwill Ambassadors and Messengers of Peace”, Celebrity Studies, 2 (1), pp. 6–18.

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This list was last updated on 28/01/2022