79534 - Diplomacy in A Global World

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  • Teacher Guido Lenzi

  • Credits 8

  • SSD SPS/04

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language English

  • Course Timetable from Sep 25, 2019 to Dec 18, 2019

Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

The course will examine the new requirements that diplomacy must comply with, both at the national and global level, in the present transitional phase of the international relations system. At the end of the course, students will be able to point out the radical changes that occurred after the "Cold War" and the public and multilateral diplomatic methods that resulted from it, with special reference to specific crisis situations.

Course contents

The purpose of the course is to describe the additional challenges that diplomacy must face, at the domestic and international level, in the present transitional phase of foreign relations. Specific case studies will analyse the most relevant changes that have occurred since the end of the Cold War, and indicate the emerging public and multilateral diplomatic tools.


A) Compulsory Reading

(for students reading Italian)

LENZI, Guido, Internazionalismo Liberale: attori e scenari del mondo globale, Rubbettino, Soveria Mannelli, 2014.

(for those who do not read Italian)

NICOLSON, Harold, “ The Evolution of the Diplomatic Method, Constable, London, 1954

B) Select two from the following:

(in Italian)

ANDREATTA, Filippo, Alla ricerca dell’ordine mondiale, Il Mulino, Bologna 2007

BARIE’, Ottavio, Dalla Guerra Fredda alla Grande Crisi, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2013

BELCREDI, Enrico, La Carriera, Rubbettino, Soveria Mannelli 2006

CASSESE, Sabino, Chi Governa il Mondo, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2014

DUCCI, Roberto, Le Speranze d’Europa, Rubbettino, Soveria Mannelli, 2007

SERRA, Enrico, La Diplomazia, strumenti e metodi, Le Lettere, Firenze, 2008

(in English)

BERRIDGE, G.R., Diplomacy: Theory and Practice, Palgrave, NY, 2010

FUKUYAMA, Francis, The origins of Political Order, Profile Books, London, 2011

ICKENBERRY, John, Liberal Leviathan, Princeton UP, 2012

KISSINGER, Henry, Diplomacy, Touchstone, New York, 1995; or World Order, Penguin, New York, 2014

LIEVEN, Anatol and HULSMAN, John, Ethical Realism, Vintage, New York, 2007

SLAUGHTER, Anne Marie, A new World Order, Princeton UP, 2004

WALZER, Michael,Just and Unjust Wars, Basic Books, 2015

(in French)

DE RAYMOND, Jean Francois, L'Esprit de la Diplomatie, Manitoba, Paris, 2015

C) Suggested additional readings:

ALBRECHT CARRIE’, René, Diplomatic History of Europe since the Congress of Vienna, Methuen, London, 1961

CARR, E.H., What is History, Penguin, New York, 1991

FERRARIS, Luigi Vittorio, Manuale di Politica Estera Italiana, Laterza, Bari,1995

JUDT, Tony, Postwar, Vintage, New York, 2010

MACMILLAN, Margaret, Paris 1919, Random House, New York, 2001

MAMMARELLA G e CACACE, P La Politica Estera dell’Italia, Laterza, Bari, 2006

MAZOWER, Mark, Governing the World, Penguin, NY, 2012

KAPLAN, Robert, Warrior Politics, Random House, NY, 2002

NYE, Joseph, "Is the American Century over?", Polity Press,2015

SAROTTE, Mary Elise, '1989', Princeton UP, 2009

SCHLESINGER, Stephen C., Act of Creation: the founding of the UN, Westview, Cambridge Mass., 2003

WRIGHT, Lawrence, Thirteen days in September, Vintage, New York, 2015

Teaching methods

class presentations, discussions, case studies

Assessment methods

Students will undergo a final oral exam, possibly a written test, in order to assess their knowledge of diplomatic structures and practice. The final assessment will also take into account the degree of participation in class discussions, and the knowledge of some of the recommended reading texts.

Teaching tools


Office hours

See the website of Guido Lenzi