The Importance of Diplomacy and Social Sciences

Jazbec Milan, Ph.D. Professor of Diplomacy, Ambassador /Nova University, Slovenia

Diplomacy as a management of relations between states, in various forms, approaches and types, has millennia long tradition. Developed through four main phases (early, classical, modern and postmodern), it has always been in a function of a concrete social and historical situation as well as dependent on it. In the early 21st century this is marked by globalization that defines and influences the nature of the current international community and diplomacy as its tool, agent and driving force.

Diplomacy as it appears nowadays is a highly complex social term and phenomenon. However, its appereance within the context of social sciences started with the approach of history (Thucydides), continued with political sciences (Machiavelli) and followed by international law (Hugo Grotius). Nicolson and Satow launched a century ago a focused research of diplomacy that led through theories of international relations, law and political sciences to a forming of diplomatic studies (Berridge) only a few decades ago. Being also researched by sociology of diplomacy (Jazbec), diplomacy demonstrates its vitality, continuity and interdisciplinary substance.

Social sciences remain to be the main research frame for contemplating, implementing and use of diplomacy in understanding and managing relations and topics that influence the survival of humanity.