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By Joseph Lepgold, Miroslav Nincic

The space among lecturers and practitioners in diplomacy has widened in recent times, in keeping with the authors of this booklet. Many diplomacy students now not attempt to succeed in past the ivory tower and lots of policymakers disdain diplomacy scholarship as arcane and inappropriate. Joseph Lepgold and Miroslav Nincic exhibit how strong diplomacy thought can tell coverage offerings. Globalization, ethnic clash, and ecological threats have created a brand new set of matters that problem policymakers, and state-of-the-art scholarship can give a contribution greatly to the analysis and dealing with of doubtless explosive occasions.

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S. ability to pursue its aims via this policy. S. ability to meet its objectives follows from a good diagnosis of the regional situation. An appreciation of other, perhaps indirect, costs and consequences of local turmoil is also part of what a comprehensive diagnosis would produce. S. simultaneously to pursue its traditional policy of staunch support for Israel. When prescribing policy responses to external challenges, the likely impact of any contemplated course of action must, of course, be assessed and the qualifying circumstances affecting its impact must be considered.

Because causal propositions 34 Types of Knowledge and their Practical Uses extrapolate what has been seen to hold true in the past into the future, they assume that known causal relationships will remain approximately constant over time. Unless this assumption is correct—and in many cases it is not— forecasts will fail when important thresholds that change the basic nature of the causal relationship are crossed. 13 Anticipating Costs and Consequences Policymakers are rarely content to grasp the objectives they can achieve via certain policy instruments.

Correspondingly, some IR theorists are interested in patterns that are not issue-specific, though most tend to generalize at a somewhat lower, issue-specific level of abstraction. For the foreseeable future, the most obvious bridge across the theory-practice divide will probably connect “mid-range” theorists to those policymakers who have some familiarity with the literature, often produced in think tanks, that uses generic knowledge to explain certain types of real-world problems. 52 Why Revisit the Scholar-Practitioner Problem?

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