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  • Published: 2 March 2015
  • ISBN: 9780734310569
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 102
  • RRP: $9.99

What's Wrong with Diplomacy?: The Future of Diplomacy and the Case of China and the UK: Penguin Specials


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What's Wrong With Diplomacy? is a call to arms and a probing indictment of diplomacy's failure to adapt to a changing world.

Traditional methods of diplomacy are fast becoming antiquated. Secrecy, pomp and elitism may have dictated diplomatic strategy of the Cold War era, but in a digitised twenty-first century, inclusivity and transparency are values of increasing importance. Access to information is being democratised for a global citizenry, and nowadays everyone is a potential diplomat. From the handover of Hong Kong to recent high-profile political scandal, former diplomat Kerry Brown explores the chequered relationship between the UK and China, offering fresh insights into the fraught and ever-changing dynamic between these two countries. What's Wrong with Diplomacy? is a call to arms and a probing indictment of diplomacy's failure to adapt to a changing world.

'Part memoir, part advocacy, Kerry Brown's compelling and provocative essay is a clarion call for a change in the UK's diplomatic practices.' Professor Rosemary Foot, PhD, FBA, Department of Politics and International Relations, St Antony's College, University of Oxford

'Brown's call for a more modern, diverse and transparent approach to diplomatic engagement in the information age is worthwhile reading for anyone interested in Britain's relations with China.' Duncan Hewitt, Adjunct Professor, New York University, Shanghai, and author of Getting Rich First: Life in a Changing China

  • Pub date: 2 March 2015
  • ISBN: 9780734310569
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 102
  • RRP: $9.99

About the Author

Kerry Brown

Kerry Brown is Professor of Chinese Politics and Director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, and Associate Fellow on the Asia Programme at Chatham House, London. He served in the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1998 to 2005, and is the author of over ten books, the most recent being The New Emperors: Power and the Princelings in Modern China.


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