Against the backdrop of international relations since the end of the Cold War, the course will examine the changing character of contemporary diplomacy. The word "diplomacy" is often used loosely to refer to a nation's foreign relations or to a study of diplomatic history. The course instead will consider the contemporary practice of diplomacy as a method of political interaction at the international level. At the core of the concept is the idea of communicating, interacting, maintaining contact and negotiating with states and other international non-state actors. The course will pay particular attention to the several major ways in which the practice of diplomacy has changed and evolved over the two decades since the end of the Cold War.