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By Christer Jönsson

Essence of international relations explores the fundamental, undying positive aspects of international relations, drawing at the historic checklist of over 3 millennia. of their attempt at making diplomacy (IR) idea proper to international relations, and international relations correct to IR conception, the authors establish 3 crucial dimensions of international relations: verbal exchange, illustration and the copy of foreign society.

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Adam Watson characterized world history as a pendulum movement between absolute empire and absolute independence, with mixed forms of international systems lying in between. Watson claimed that the two extremes are historically rare or nonexistent, but that there is a continuous propensity for each. ”80 Arguably, Watson here posits diplomacy as, at least, co-constitutive of international society. While still proceeding from a bottom-up approach, he opens up for The Study of Diplomacy 21 constitutive effects of rules and institutions, insofar as they are the premise upon which states or other political units exist with some permanence.

More specifically, diplomacy is an important process in the mediation of the material and ideational propensities of universalism and particularism. In brief, we will suggest that the differentiation of any given international society, as well as the legitimizing principles this differentiation is pinned upon, can be conceptualized as being poised between extremes of universality and particularity. In this view, each international society becomes in a sense a compromise, and diplomacy is crucial in forging this compromise.

Thus, we would emphasize the messiness of international societies – the unresolved tensions, the conflicts and the coexistence of processes at odds. ” Universalism and particularism only assume meaning in contradistinction to each other; they are relational, not absolute, concepts. They are, as it were, the “ying” and “yang” of international society and, by implication, diplomacy. Material processes of universality and particularity Conceptualizing the study of politics as the study of power, traditional IR theory emphasizes the difference between politics in a space where there are claims to ultimate authority, where power translates into hierarchy, on the one hand; and politics in a space where there are no such claims, characterized by anarchy, on the other.

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