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Global Diplomacy – Diplomacy in the Modern World

Dr J. Simon Rofe, SOAS University of London

5 mins

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This course from the University of London shows us what diplomacy is, what successful and failed diplomacy looks like, and what makes a good diplomat.


Global Diplomacy – Diplomacy in the Modern World

Global Diplomacy – Diplomacy in the Modern World

by Dr J. Simon Rofe


As the world becomes more closely connected, relationships form globally, and disagreements inevitably appear. Amid conflict, the need for diplomacy arises, and effective negotiation and communication are required. Diplomacy is generally thought of as communicating and building relationships, which can take place between individuals, companies, and even states and nations. Dr. J. Simon Rofe is a senior lecturer in diplomacy and international studies at the University of London and has been teaching at the university level for over fifteen years.

This course provides an insight into the foundational concepts of diplomacy, defining both how it succeeds and fails, along with the traits of a successful diplomat, illustrated via a collection of interviews with experts and professionals. We can apply these concepts to our daily lives and become better at creating our own diplomacy at any scale.

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The purpose of diplomacy is about developing some form of appreciation, understanding, and friendly relations with countries. Of course, achieving that is far harder than setting it out as your purpose.

- Dr. J. Simon Rofe

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