"What role is left for diplomats in an age of instant communications? Thomas Nowotny offers a sure and comprehensive guide to the continuing, yet changing, relevance of statecraft in a global age."
—Dan Hamilton, Richard von Weizäcker Professor, Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations
Traditional diplomacy is based on the notion of competing nation states, each attempting to maximize its autonomy and independence. This notion is at odds with today’s world in which even mighty states are enmeshed in a web of interdependence. Much of the world’s economy, information, industry, and culture have become global. Given these massive changes, argues Nowotny, much of traditional diplomacy has become redundant and sometimes counterproductive. Nowotny bases his arguments on his unique experiences in internal politics and in bilateral and multilateral diplomacy, as well as on his theoretical reflections as an academic.