What is it about?

This Hague Journal of Diplomacy discusses new perspectives on government assistance to nationals abroad - an issue of concern to foreign ministries and other actors concerned with the security of citizens outside national borders. Citizen security a major governmental security concern in a globalized world.

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Why is it important?

The 'duty of care' for nationals abroad affects individuals as much as large groups of people trapped in crisis situations varying from natural disasters to terrorism, or individual criminal acts. This special issue has a novel conceptual focus on consular assistance that articulates and discusses important questions for governments and all stakeholders involved in the security of their citizens overseas.


It is often overlooked that journal special issues are great tools for courses on diplomacy at MA level. Students immediately understand why this is such an important issue in a globalized world and they have a keen interest in exploring case studies. It has been a great pleasure co-editing this work with a longstanding colleagues at the Clingendael Institute (The Hague) and NUPI (Oslo).

Jan Melissen
Leiden University and University of Antwerp

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This page is a summary of: Introduction. Diplomacy and the Duty of Care, The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, March 2018, Brill, DOI: 10.1163/1871191x-23032072.
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