Introduction: Debating Public Diplomacy

In: The Hague Journal of Diplomacy
Authors: Jan Melissen1 and Jian Wang2
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  • 1 Institute of Security and Global Affairs, Leiden University, 2511 DP The Hague, The NetherlandsNetherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’, 2597 VH The Hague, The NetherlandsUniversity of Antwerp, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium
  • | 2 Center on Public Diplomacy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0281, United States
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As its title — Debating Public Diplomacy — indicates, this special issue of The Hague Journal of Diplomacy (HJD) is more debate-focused than HJD’s previous thematic issues, which form a hallmark of the journal. It intends to stimulate new thinking on public diplomacy in our turbulent world. There are many definitions of public diplomacy, which, for the purposes of this special issue, we generally describe as a country’s efforts to create and maintain relationships with publics in other societies to advance policies and actions. The twelve essays collected in this volume seek

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