Face-to-Face Diplomacy : Social Neuroscience and International Relations
Cambridge Univ Pr 2018/03
303 p. 24 cm
New in paperback. Hardcover was published in 2018. Building on recent evidence from social neuroscience and psychology, Holmes studies some of the most important moments of diplomacy in the 20th century, from 'Munich' to the end of the Cold War, and shows how face-to-face interactions allowed leaders to either reassure each other of benign defensive intentions or pick up on offensive intentions.
Face-to-face diplomacy is the most ubiquitous practice of world politics, seen as essential by leaders, but dismissed as irrelevant by political scientists. Drawing upon social neuroscience and psychology, this book addresses this puzzle to create a theory of face-to-face diplomacy that is relevant for both students and scholars of world politics as well as practitioners and policymakers.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; 1. The puzzle of face-to-face diplomacy; 2. Face value: the problem of intentions and social neuroscience; 3. Reassurance at the end of the Cold War: Gorbachev and Reagan face-to-face; 4. Unification and distribution after the wall falls: a flurry of face-to-face; 5. Overcoming distrust at Camp David; 6. 'Munich'; 7. Escaping uncertainty; Bibliography; Index.