Consular Affairs and Diplomacy


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.

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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.
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