Diplomacy Art

Diplomacy Art

Tornike Sharashenidze

Professor, Head of the Master’s in International Relations of the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA)


The course brings together the most prominent and successful cases of public administration and diplomacy. It describes and analyzes the times when national interests are protected and promoted the development of all spheres of government, under very adverse circumstances, mainly because of the good diplomatic skills and astute strategy. The course examines the impact and role of such factors as the economy of power, military potential and geographical location. The main focus is on the management of the state and diplomatic skills as it does not depend on the size and resources of the state.

Each case is analyzed with the help of parallels with contemporary international politics.


Learn to analyze in government and diplomacy, to distinguish between the reasons for success or failure of political decisions of heads of state.

Transfer of knowledge about traditional national interests of the Great Powers, superpowers, regional powers and their stratagem advances their interests.


Lecture time: 3 hours. Introduction to basic governance model and fundamentals of diplomacy. Practical classes will be devoted to discussing and modeling cases taken from the world’s cases of today’s political reality.

Expected Result:

Students should be able to use this knowledge to find the deep political contexts.

Lecture 1. Tools authorities. Realistic policy negotiation (on an example of the strategy of Athens during the Peloponnesian War)
Lecture 2. The protection of national interests of the defeated states and states that are prone to weaken (on the example of diplomacy Talleyrand and Metternich)
Lecture 3. Traditional Russian stratagem and practice of containment of Russia through associations (for example, the Crimean War)
Lecture 4. The maximum resources traditionally weak power (for example, Diplomacy Cavour)
Lecture 5. Creating the best conditions from the position of an outsider using the war as a continuation of political bargaining (for example, Bismarck’s diplomacy)

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