Diplomacy and International Governance

Since the end of the Cold War international expertise in the government, non-profit, corporate and academic sectors have undergone significant professionalisation and change. Traditional forms of diplomacy are increasingly supplemented with forms of public diplomacy in the negotiation and governance of political geographies and constellations of world order.

New forms of international and supra-national governance have also emerged and have striven to assert themselves as diplomatic actors in the world arena. At the same time, other bodies, including the European Union, find themselves in a state of crisis.

Researchers contributing to this stream of enquiry seek to critically investigate the contemporary character and historical development of global diplomacy and international governance.  
Our research is both theoretically-informed and empirically-grounded.  It aims to elucidate the policy-relevant and normative questions arising from the practices and procedures of diplomats and global institutions.
Researchers affiliated with this theme have considered:

  • Diplomacy and governance within the European Union, Africa and Asia
  • The roles and responsibilities of regional organizations
  • Historical studies of statecraft, intelligence, security and diplomacy during the Cold War
  • The intersection of gender and race within foreign policy
  • Normative and ethical approaches to diplomacy

Thematic lead: Dr Nicola Chelotti