Ministries of Foreign Affairs in the World

Actors of State Diplomacy


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Ministries of foreign affairs are prominent institutions at the heart of state diplomacy. Although they have lost their monopoly on the making of national foreign policies, they still are the operators of key practices associated with diplomacy: communication, representation and negotiation. Often studied in a monographic way, ministries of foreign affairs are undergoing an adaptation of their practices that require a global approach. This book fills a gap in the literature by approaching ministries of foreign affairs in a comparative and comprehensive way. The best international specialists in the field provide methodological and theoretical insights into how best to study institutions that remain crucial for the world diplomacy.

Contributors are: Thierry Balzacq, Guillaume Beaud, Gabriel Castillo, Andrew Cooper, Rhys Crilley, Jason Dittmer, Mikael Ekman, Bruno Figueroa, Karla Gobo, Minda Holm, Marcus Holmes, Walid Jumblatt Abdullah, Nikolaj Juncher Waedegaard, Casper Klynge, Halvard Leira, Christian Lequesne, Ilan Manor, Jan Melissen, Iver B. Neumann, Birgitta Niklasson, Kim B. Olsen, Pierre-Bruno Ruffini, Claudia Santos, Jorge A. Schiavon, Damien Spry, Kamna Tiwary, Geoffrey Wiseman, and Reuben Wong.

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Christian Lequesne, Ph.D (1992), Sciences Po Paris, is Professor of Political Science at that university. He has published monographs, edited books and many articles on the EU and Diplomacy, including The Member States of the European Union (OUP, 2020).
List of Contributors

1 Ministries of Foreign Affairs: A Crucial Institution to be Revisited
Christian Lequesne

Part 1: Recruitment and Career

2 The Social Origin of Career Diplomats in Brazil’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Still an Upper-Class Elite?
Karla Gobo and Claudia Santos

3 The Gendered Networking of Diplomats
Birgitta Niklasson

4 Ethnic Diversity in the Recruitment of Diplomats: Why MFA s Take the Issue Seriously
Christian Lequesne, Gabriel Castillo, Minda Holm, Walid Jumblatt Abdullah, Halvard Leira, Kamna Tiwary and Reuben Wong

5 The Making of a Diplomatic Elite in a Revolutionary State: Loyalty, Expertise and Representativeness in Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Guillaume Beaud

Part 2: Diplomacy and Politics

6 Expertise and Politics in Ministries of Foreign Affairs: The Politician-Diplomat Nexus
Geoffrey Wiseman

7 The Impact of Leader-Centric Populism on Career Diplomats: Tests of Loyalty, Voice, and Exit in Ministries of Foreign Affairs
Andrew F. Cooper

8 The Impact of Globalisation and Neoliberal Structural Reforms on the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Jorge A. Schiavon and Bruno Figueroa

Part 3: New Policy Practices

9 Implementing the EU’s Russia Sanctions: A Geoeconomic Test Case for French and German Ministries of Foreign Affairs
Kim B. Olsen

10 Ministries of Foreign Affairs and the Challenge of Science Diplomacy
Pierre-Bruno Ruffini

11 Consular Diplomacy in the Era of Growing Mobility
Jan Melissen

12 Diplomacy in the Digital Age: Lessons from Denmark’s TechPlomacy Initiative
Casper Klynge, Mikael Ekman and Nikolaj Juncher Waedegaard

13 The Mediatisation of Ministries of Foreign Affairs: Diplomacy in the New Media Ecology
Ilan Manor and Rhys Crilley

14 From Delhi to Dili: Facebook Diplomacy by Ministries of Foreign Affairs in the Asia-Pacific
Damien Spry

Part 4: Researching and Theorising mfa s

15 Approaching Ministries of Foreign Affairs through Ethnographic Work
Iver B. Neumann

16 Diplomacy in the Rearview Mirror: Implications of Face-to-Face Diplomacy Ritual Disruption for Ministries of Foreign Affairs
Marcus Holmes

17 Distributed Agency: Foreign Policy sans MFA
Jason Dittmer

18 The Site of Foreign Policy: A Field Theory Account of Ministries of Foreign Affairs
Thierry Balzacq

All interested in the organization of diplomacy and foreign policymaking. The target group includes academics and think tankers, but also diplomats and NGOs.
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