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Paul Sharp, Jan Melissen, Constance Duncombe and Marcus Holmes

, perhaps it is only people interested in diplomacy who might be tempted to characterise the present in terms of Martin Wight’s ‘same old melodrama’. We decided to ask current and former members of HJD ’s International Advisory Board for their takes on what is, will and ought to be happening in diplomacy

Editor-in-Chief Jan Melissen and Paul Sharp

The Hague Journal of Diplomacy (HJD) is the world’s leading research journal for the study of diplomacy. It publishes research on the theory, practice, processes and outcomes of diplomacy in both its traditional state-based forms, as well as contemporary diplomatic expressions practiced by states and non-state entities. Each issue aims at a balance between theoretical and empirical studies and usually it features one practitioner’s essay.
A central aim of the journal is to present work from a variety of intellectual traditions. Diplomatic studies is an inter-disciplinary field, including contributions from international relations, history, law, sociology, economics, and philosophy. HJD is receptive to a wide array of methodologies.
Universities and think tanks form the core readership of HJD. In particular, researchers, teachers and graduate students of International Relations, together with educators and trainees on programs in Diplomatic Studies utilize the journal. Secondly, it is a journal for all those with an interest or stake in first-rate articles on all aspects of diplomacy, not least the world’s foreign ministries and diplomatic academies.

Jan Melissen and Paul Sharp are the journal's founding co-editors.

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Mark Pittaway

Edited by Adam Fabry

From the Vanguard to the Margins is dedicated to the work of the late British historian, Dr Mark Pittaway (1971-2010), a prominent scholar of post-war and contemporary Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Breaking with orthodox readings on Eastern bloc regimes, which remain wedded to the 'totalitarianism' paradigm of the Cold War era, the essays in this volume shed light on the contradictory historical and social trajectory of 'real socialism' in the region.

Mainstream historiography has presented Stalinist parties as 'omnipotent', effectively stripping workers and society in general of its 'relative autonomy'. Building on an impressive amount of archive material, Pittaway convincingly shows how dynamics of class, gender, skill level, and rural versus urban location, shaped politics in the period. The volume also offers novel insights on historical and sociological roots of fascism in Hungary and the politics of legitimacy in the Austro-Hungarian borderlands.

Marie Söderberg

cooperation. This represents something new in the relationship, and it is in connection with those ongoing negotiations that this book edited by Keck, Vanoverbeke and Waldenberger is useful. It is an edited volume with contributions from fourteen different authors, most of them present or former officials of

Edith Drieskens

two chapters set the scene. Chapter 1 provides a historical overview of China’s diplomacy at the un ; chapter 2 defines the analytical framework and explains the methodological choices. The next four chapters present empirical material from China’s involvement in the cases mentioned (chapters 3 to 6

Melissa Conley Tyler and Kelly Sullivan

much larger number of players (particularly of civil society), a flatter structure, a more significant oral component, and greater transparency (p. 22). While some contributions are not new — for example, established experts such as Joseph Nye, Kishore Mahbubani and Jan Egeland present arguments that

David Spence

and in the international system, where the EU appears as an increasingly present diplomatic actor. She reviews the implications in organisational terms, as the future of foreign ministries and embassies in Europe undergoes fundamental change, not least the emergence of a new EU level of professional

Iver B. Neumann

is one of three key tasks for a diplomat (with the other two being information-gathering and negotiation). In order to represent, you not only have to stand in for your queen and country — that is, be present where the country itself is absent. 4 You also have to be presentable — that is, ‘clean

Damien Spry

, Networked and Complex Present The complexity of digital, networked communication systems, compared with earlier forms of media, has four characteristics: speed, size, diversity and identity. Speed — the lightning pace at which content is produced, transmitted and shared — results in rapid information cycles

Jennifer Kesteleyn, Shaun Riordan and Huub Ruël

firms need. Moreover, with diplomatic services being cut as a result of the global financial crisis, many firms are forced to operate where their national diplomatic service is not present. This results in firms increasingly having to adopt their own strategies and practices for the analysis and