English School: Diplomacy Working Group
Aims of the Group
This working group is interested in all aspects of diplomacy understood as as institution of international society. It investigates how specific international societies may give rise to characteristic forms of diplomatic practice as well as how diplomacy, viewed as a social practice, contributes, or might contribute, to the production, reproduction and transformation of international societies.
Members of the group are currently engaged in the formative stages of two projects:
The first consists of an attempt to recover the ideas of the original members of the British Committee on diplomacy as a basis for further theorizing about how diplomacy is and might be conducted.
The second project is a more empirically-based set of investigations into how the ideas and actions of diplomats help give rise to established and emergent sub-institutions of diplomacy such as, for example, the diplomatic corps; the resident embassy; citizen diplomacy; and field diplomacy.
The working group exists to facilitate contact and collaboration between anyone interested in English School approaches to the study of diplomacy and to this end invites scholars and practitioners who share this interest to join the group.
Research interests of convenors
Paul Sharp is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Alworth Institute for International Studies at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He has written books on aspects of Irish and British foreign policy and articles on diplomatic studies, diplomatic representation and citizen diplomacy.
He is currently working on two projects: the place of diplomacy in Herbert Butterfield's writings; and the Taliban's mission in Islamabad under Mullah Zaeef. He is chair of the Diplomatic Studies Section of the International Studies Association.
Iver B. Neumann
Iver B. Neumann is senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, currently on leave to work as a policy planner in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has written books on Russian identity in Europe and the idea of "the East" in European identity formation.
His most recent and forthcoming publications on diplomacy include a study of the role of social power in Norwegian diplomacy on land mines, and an investigation of the portrayal of diplomacy in Star Trek.
Geoffrey Wiseman is an assistant professor in the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He teaches courses on diplomacy and international security.
Previously he worked at the Ford Foundation and with the Australian foreign service (with postings at embassies in Stockholm, Hanoi and Brussels). His current research is on Adam Watson's contribution to thinking about diplomacy and on diplomatic innovation, particularly relating to non-state actors.
Please contact any of the Convenors for further information. See contact details above.