Consular Affairs and Diplomacy analyses the multifaceted nature of diplomacy’s consular dimension in international relations. It contributes to our understanding of key themes in consular affairs today, the consular challenges that are facing the three great powers—the United States, Russia and China—as well as the historical origins of the consular institution in Europe.
Consular Affairs and Diplomacy breaks new ground in the field of diplomatic studies by illustrating how consular affairs can be understood in the broader context of diplomatic practice and vice versa. As a result, the much-neglected study of the consular institution may improve our understanding of contemporary diplomacy.
Jan Melissen is Head of the Diplomatic Studies Programme, Netherlands of Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’ and Professor of Diplomacy at the University of Antwerp. He is Co-Editor of The Hague Journal of Diplomacy. His latest book (co-ed.) is Public Diplomacy and Soft Power in East Asia (2011).
Ana Mar Fernández is senior lecturer in Politics at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and associate researcher at Sciences Po Paris (CEE). Her recent work has focused on the transformation of European institutional dynamics.
"While the papers range across submissions from nine countries, each does, in its course, address two central shared interests. First, when and how has the consular function been integrated into the larger diplomatic corps in various foreign services? Second, what roles have consular officers played in foreign affairs throughout their history and what roles are theirs today? The emphasis is on citizen services. [. . . .] For readers who are strangers to consular affairs, these papers capture the extent of the demanding, complex nature of consular work that is built on a combination of human need and legal constraints. For experienced consular officers, the book is an opportunity to trace and recognize themselves in the common threads of history and current challenges across multiple foreign services." - June Kunsman, in: AmericanDiplomacy.org
All those interested in the history, theory and practice of diplomacy and consular affairs, including graduate students, academics and practitioners doing courses in diplomatic academies.