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Diplomatic Style and Foreign Policy: A Case Study of South Korea

Jeffrey Robertson (Yonsei University, South Korea)



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21 March 2019
Peace studies & conflict resolution; History; International relations
The book explores diplomatic style and its use as a means to provide analytical insight into a state's foreign policy, with a specific focus on South Korea.

Diplomatic style attracts scant attention from scholars. It is dismissed as irrelevant in the context of diplomacy's universalism; misconstrued as a component of foreign policy; alluded to perfunctorily amidst broader considerations of foreign policy; or wholly absented from discussions in which it should comprise an important component. In contrast to these views, practitioners maintain a faith-like confidence in diplomatic style. They assume it plays an important role in providing analytical insight, giving them advantage over scholars in the analysis of foreign policy. This book explores diplomatic style and its use as a means to provide analytical insight into foreign policy, using South Korea as a case study. It determines that style remains important to diplomatic practitioners, and provides analytical insight into a state's foreign policy by highlighting phenomena of policy relevance, which narrows the range of information an analyst must cover. The book demonstrates how South Korea's diplomatic style - which has a tendency towards emotionalism, and is affected by status, generational change, cosmopolitanism, and estrangement from international society - can be a guide to understanding South Korea's contemporary foreign policy.

This book will be of much interest to students of diplomacy studies, foreign policy, Asian politics, and International Relations in general.
By:   Jeffrey Robertson (Yonsei University South Korea)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   399g
ISBN:   9781138334151
ISBN 10:   1138334154
Series:   Routledge New Diplomacy Studies
Pages:   204
Publication Date:   21 March 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Introduction: The problem of diplomatic style 1. Diplomacy and style 2. Defining diplomatic style 3. Ideal types and ideal diplomats 4. Four ideal types of diplomatic style 5. Accessing diplomatic style: A case study of South Korea 6. Diplomatic style: Narratives of South Korean diplomats 7. Diplomatic style: Narratives of the Seoul diplomatic corps 8. Analytical insight and South Korean diplomatic style Conclusion: Diplomatic style as foreign policy insight

Jeffrey Robertson is Assistant Professor at Yonsei University, South Korea and a Visiting Fellow at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy (APCD), the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Australian National University (ANU).

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