Henry Kissinger once said “Diplomacy is the art of restraining power,” but what role does this art play on an international level?  How are the interests of large economic states reconciled effectively with those of developing countries? This course covers in some detail the work of diplomatic missions in the execution of foreign policy and their organization to accomplish that work.

Students enrolled in this course will gain in-depth knowledge of the activities of the various sections and agencies that compose diplomatic missions in order to improve understanding of the role of diplomacy in advancing national and international interests, to highlight the different skills and professions engaged in “diplomatic” work, and to show the services and assistance that citizens, companies and other organizations can expect to obtain from diplomatic missions. The experience will be that of missions based in London and selected locations in mainland Europe.



  • The Diplomatic Academy of London – University of Westminster
  • Centre for International Studies & Diplomacy– SOAS
  • The Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London
  • Commonwealth Office, London



International Diplomacy: Issues, Conventions and Practices

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