Honorary Visiting Fellow authors book: "What Diplomats Do: The Life and Work of Diplomats"

Brian Barder, honorary visiting fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations is the author of a book published in July 2014, entitled "What Diplomats Do: The Life and Work of Diplomats".

What Diplomats Do - book coverWhat Diplomats Do: The Life and Work of Diplomats was written by Sir Brian Barder, an honorary visiting fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations.

What do diplomats actually do, not according to academic theory but as a matter of day-to-day reality? That is the question that  this book seeks to answer by describing the various stages of a typical diplomat’s career. The book follows a fictional diplomat from his application to join the national diplomatic service, through varied postings at home and overseas, culminating in his appointment as an ambassador, and eventually his retirement. Each chapter contains illustrative case studies, drawn from the author’s 30 years' experience as a diplomat, ending with postings in four successive countries in three continents as an Ambassador and High Commissioner. These illustrate such issues as the role of the diplomat during a crisis, and working as a member of a national delegation to a permanent conference like the United Nations.

What Diplomats Do examines various aspects of the life of a diplomat, contrasting his or her work in an affluent, friendly country with that in a developing country and one with a hostile government, describing the impact on personal and family life and personal security, as well as the privileges and drawbacks of serving as an Ambassador. The writer considers the potential influence of the individual diplomat in helping to formulate and carry out his government’s foreign policy decisions.

The publishers say of What Diplomats Do: "At a time when diplomats and embassies are in the news as targets of assassinations and intimidation, this timely book expertly describes the reality of what modern diplomats do.  Rigorously academic in its coverage yet extremely lively and engaging, this unique work will serve as a primer to any students and junior diplomats wishing to grasp what the practice of diplomacy is actually like."  The Professor of the History of Diplomacy at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, wrote about the book: "Barder's account is informative, humanly sympathetic, distinctly British, and thoroughly engaging.  I found reading its chapters irresistible, like eating peanuts."

More information about What Diplomats Do is on the publishers' website at https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781442226357.

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