Foreign Policy

From Conception to Diplomatic Practice

Foreign Policy: From Conception to Diplomatic Practice represents an original and important contribution to the study of foreign policy, uniquely framed by the experiences of small and new countries. Ambassador Ernest Petrič artfully brings together academic expertise and years of diplomatic experience to provide a thorough treatment of national and international environments, the foreign policy decision making process and an original analysis of the means of foreign policy and diplomacy. The role of the United Nations, the EU, strategic actors and the role of foreign policy as a diplomatic instrument are examined. Finally a reflection of the foreign policy concerns of small and new countries, with special attention to Slovenia and legal aspects are offered.

Foreign Policy: From Conception through Diplomatic Practice successfully integrates scholarly theory with empirical evidence. The book's clear and evocative style will appeal to foreign policy professionals, academics and students of diplomacy, international relations and international law.
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Biographical Note

Ernest Petrič, Ph. D. (1965), University of Ljubljana, where he is Professor of International Relations. Foreign Policy: From Conception to Diplomatic Practice is his sixth book. He has served as ambassador in Washington, New Delhi, Vienna and at the UN (New York) and is member of the UN International Law Commission and President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Slovenia.

Table of contents

FOREWORD

PREFACE

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS

1 Part 1: THEORETICAL FUNDAMENTALS OF FOREIGN POLICY
1.1 DEFINITION OF THE CONCEPT OF FOREIGN POLICY
1.2 ELEMENTS OF THE CONCEPT OF FOREIGN POLICY
1.3 THEORY OF FOREIGN POLICY
1.4 CONTENTS (RATIONAE MATERIAE) OF THE THEORY OF FOREIGN POLICY
1.5 THE BALANCE OF POWER

2 Part 2: THE INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT AND FOREIGN POLICY
2.1 FEATURES OF THE MODERN INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY
2.2 CHANGES IN THE BALANCE OF POWER: FROM THE BIPOLAR TOWARDS A NEW INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM
2.3 THE EU AS PART OF THE MODERN INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM
2.4 FUTURE RELATIONS BETWEEN POWERS

3 Part 3: DECISION MAKING IN FOREIGN POLICY
3.1 GENERAL INFORMATION ON DECISION MAKING IN FOREIGN POLICY
3.2 INFLUENCES ON FOREIGN POLICY DECISION MAKING
3.3 THE ROLE OF PUBLIC OPINION IN FOREIGN POLICY DECISION–MAKING
3.4 COMPROMISE
3.5 THE CHOICE OF OBJECTIVES IN FOREIGN POLICY
3.6 STRATEGIC AND TACTICAL OBJECTIVES
3.7 NATIONAL INTEREST
3.8 FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC POLICIES
3.9 DIPLOMACY

4 PART 4: MEANS OF FOREIGN POLICY
4.1 DEFINITION OF MEANS OF FOREIGN POLICY
4.2 INDIRECT MEANS OF FOREIGN POLICY
4.3 DIRECT MEANS IN FOREIGN POLICY
4.4 USE OF FORCE AS A MEANS OF FOREIGN POLICY
4.5 ECONOMIC MEANS IN FOREIGN POLICY
4.6 PROPAGANDA AS A MEANS OF FOREIGN POLICY
4.7 INTERNATIONAL LAW AS A MEANS OF FOREIGN POLICY
4.8 PEACEFUL SETTLEMENT OF DISPUTES AS A MEANS OF FOREIGN POLICY
4.9 TALKS AS A MEANS OF FOREIGN POLICY
4.10 NEGOTIATIONS AS A MEANS OF FOREIGN POLICY
4.11 RECALL AND SUSPENSION OF DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS AS MEANS OF FOREIGN POLICY
4.12 VISITS AS A MEANS OF FOREIGN POLICY

5 PART 5: FEATURES OF FOREIGN POLICY OF SMALL AND NEW STATES
5.1 FEATURES OF FOREIGN POLICY OF SMALL STATES
5.2 FEATURES OF FOREIGN POLICY OF NEW STATES

BIBLIOGRAPHY OF BOOKS AND ARTICLES MENTIONED IN THE TEXT OR FOOTNOTES

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Readership

Students and teachers of international relations and foreign policy; diplomats and those involved in foreign policy decision making and its implementation.

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