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Event:The Value and Values of Diplomacy: Moral Psychology and the Search for Security in 1920s Europe
Category:LBJ School Events
Date:Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Time:12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Location:SRH 3.122
Contact:Liz Stettler
Sponsor:Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law
Event Webpage:http://strausscenter.org/details/222-the-value-and-values-of-diplomacy-moral-psychology-and-the-sear
Description:The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law invites you to "The Value and Values of Diplomacy: Moral Psychology and the Search for Security in 1920's Europe" with Brian Rathbun, Associate Professor at the Universtiy of Southern California, on Tuesday, January 22 at 12:15 pm in Sid Richardson Hall, Room 3.122. Refreshments will be provided.

Arguably the most prevalent practice in international relations, diplomacy has received very little explicit theoretical attention in the academic literature given the structural bias of the discipline. In this talk, Brian Rathbun argues that if its successes or failures are merely a function of the distribution of power or interests, then diplomacy per se is essentially unworthy of study. However, international relations theory contains a number of different implicit conceptions of diplomacy – coercive bargaining, pragmatic statecraft, and reasoned dialogue. Rathbun conceives of these as different diplomatic styles that are adopted by some (but not all) decision-makers in practice. A review of 1920s diplomatic interactions between France, Germany and Britain on issues of security demonstrates all of these styles in practice, shows that they are not simply a function of a state’s power, and indicates that they influenced outcomes independent of foreign policy interests. In this most unlikely of cases, a combination of pragmatic statecraft and reasoned dialogue allowed the three countries to fundamentally (although all too briefly) transform the nature of their relations.

Brian Rathbun is the author of Trust in International Cooperation: International Security Institutions, Domestic Politics and American Multilateralism (Cambridge University Press, 2012), Partisan Interventions: European Party Politics and Peace Enforcement in the Balkans (Cornell University Press, 2004) as well as articles in International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the European Journal of International Relations, Security Studies and other journals. His most recent book manuscript, The Value and Values of Diplomacy, provides an account of how diplomacy matters in international affairs. Brian received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2002 and has taught in the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California since 2008. He is also the recipient of the 2009 USC Parents Association Teaching and Mentoring Award.

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