What is it about?

This special issue with 12 essays stimulates new thinking on public diplomacy, one of the most remarkable recent developments in recent diplomatic practice. Official efforts to create and maintain relationships with publics in other societies encounter unprecedented and often unexpected difficulties. Resurgent geopolitical rivalry and technological change affecting state-society relations are among the factors complicating international relationships in a much more citizen-centric world. This special discusses today’s most pressing public diplomacy challenges, including recent sharp power campaigns, the rise of populism, the politicization of diaspora relations, deep-rooted nation-state based perspectives on culture, and public diplomacy’s contribution to counterterrorism.

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Why is it important?

Thought leaders and up an coming authors from North America, the Asia-Pacific region and Europe inspire and stimulate the debate on public diplomacy. Making sense of what is going on now, and what may be next in public diplomacy, is as relevant for rising powers as it is for declining states and an array of non-state actors


This special issue has a strong cast of thought-leaders and up and coming authors, all with authoritative and fresh ideas about public diplomacy's future. It is the first collection of its kind in more than 10 years and the essays will be published separately in a Brill paperback featuring a detailed index. Bringing together and co-editing this work was a great pleasure.

Jan Melissen
Leiden University and University of Antwerp

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This page is a summary of: Introduction: Debating Public Diplomacy, The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, April 2019, Brill, DOI: 10.1163/1871191x-14101064.
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