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Dear Public Diplomacy Interest Group Members:


Posted at this link (minutes_of_the_ica_public_di.pdf) are the minutes of the Public Diplomacy Interest Group business meeting of May 27, 2018 in Prague, Czechia.  These minutes will be proposed for approval by the members of the interest group attending the next business meeting, 5:00 p.m., May 25, 2019 in Washington, D.C., U.S.A.


Respectfully submitted,

Steven Pike

Secretary, ICA PD IG




 Updates for April, 2019:


1. ICA Washington Conference and Post-Conference on "Public Diplomacy in the 2020s".


- Just a note to say that there is still time to register for both the ICA 2019 Conference in Washington and the PD Interest Group Post-Conference (Post Conference program: ICA_PD_IG_postconference_program 2019.pdf).

- Several people could not register for the PD IG dinner at the New Heights Restaurant on Saturday, May 25 @ 7 pm because of the initial space limit of 20.  I'm very pleased to share that the restaurant has told us space is not an issue, we can go to 30 or even 40 people without a problem. You can either add it to your registration, email Kristine Rosa at ICA (, or email me (  Cost of the dinner is $75 and the only thing more awesome than the three-course menu is the superb company you'll have for dinner.


2. An announcement from our colleagues at the International Place Branding Association:


This is a reminder that the abstract submission deadline for contributions to the Fourth Annual Conference of the International Place Branding Association (IPBA): Hosted by the University of Thessaly Department of Planning and Regional Development is May 5. That might be a bit tight now, but you can still submit full papers (or abstracts without full paper submission) by July 5.

Registration is already open at:


Please find the pdf with themes, publication plan, submission guidelines and key dates here (


Volos (Greece): 27-29 November 2019       

Venue: University of Thessaly Department of Planning and Regional Development


Stay informed:

Facebook Page:

Indicate your intention to join the event:


IPBA website:  

Conference Website:



Submission of abstracts closes: May 5

Submission of full papers / cases /posters / artwork closes: July 5

Feedback to authors: September 5

Resubmission of papers / cases / artwork: October 5

Early Bird Registration closes: October 5

Registration closes: November 5

Conference: November 27-29




Program published for the Public Diplomacy Interest Group post-conference "Public Diplomacy in the 2020s" - 29 May 2019

Capitol room of the Omni Shoreham
Washington, District of Columbia 
United States


The post-conference gathers PhD students, early career researchers, senior scholars and practitioners in public diplomacy with a focus  to expand the PD body of knowledge, address gaps in the literature, inform and advance PD practices, heighten visibility of PD among policy makers in government and higher education. We aim to work towards identifying a new and innovative research agenda that recognizes how far PD scholarship has come since 9/11, consider where we need to go next, and discuss opportunities for innovative collaborations among multidisciplinary scholars crossing boundaries.


The post-conference includes the following sessions:

-“PhD & Post-Doc Research Session” Chairs: R. S. Zaharna (American U) & Nancy Snow (Kyoto University/ California State University);

- Round table discussion “State of the Art, State of the Future: New Directions in Public Diplomacy Research”. Participants: Kathy Fitzpatrick (American University), Nicholas Cull (University of Southern California), Teresa LaPorte (Universidad de Navarra), Shawn Powers (U.S. Agency for Global Media);

- “Research-practice collaboration in Public Diplomacy” Chairs: Alina Dolea (Bournemouth University) & James Pamment (Lund University)

“Practice of Public Diplomacy” Chairs: Jay Wang (USC Center on Public Diplomacy) & Amelia Arsenault (US Department of State)


Full program: ICA_PD_IG_postconference_program 2019.pdf






Ingenhoff, D.; White, C.; Buhmann, A.; Kiousis, S. (eds.) (2018):  Bridging Disciplinary Perspectives of Country Image Reputation, Brand, and Identity. New York, London: Routledge.


Bjola, C. and Pamment, J. (eds.) (2019): Countering Online Propaganda and Extremism: The Dark Side of Digital Diplomacy.  Routledge.


Manor, I., (2019): The Digitlization of Public Diplomacy.  Palgrave Macmillan.





The registration is now open for our full day post-conference "Public Diplomacy in the 2020s" May 29, 2019 at American U, Washington DC: It will have 4 sessions: “Emerging PhD & postdoctoral research” (chair R. S. Zaharna, American U) , "State of the Art, State of the Future: New Directions in Public Diplomacy Research" (chair Kathy Fitzpatrick, American U), “Research-practice collaboration” (chairs Alina Dolea, Bournemouth U; James Pamment, Lund U), “Public Diplomacy practice” (chair Jay Wang, USC Center on Public Diplomacy). A networking lunch is scheduled to allow for more talks on presentations and collaborations in future projects. Full program will be published end of February 2019.






Call for Abstracts -- PUBLIC DIPLOMACY -- PhDs & postdocs: PhD candidates or recent recipients of PhD titles (2017-2018) are invited to submit extended abstracts  for studies related to public diplomacy for a post-conference sponsored by the Public Diplomacy Interest Group, ICA Post-conference "Public Diplomacy in the 2020s" on May 29, 2019 at American University, Washington, DC. The extended abstract (750-1000 words) and current c.v./resume should be received by January 31, 2019. Authors of accepted abstracts are expected to submit a full paper by April 20, 2019. We welcome any topics, including digital diplomacy, evaluation & measurement of public diplomacy, theory building in public diplomacy, countries soft power, the role of cities, nation branding, non-state public diplomacy etc. Please make sure to highlight the relevance of the study to public diplomacy. The format of the session will include senior scholars mentoring and offering each presenter in-depth feedback.

Please send abstract and resume to R.S. Zaharna (, Subject line:  "ICA PhD Public Diplomacy Abstract" by January 31, 2019




* Call for Chapters * (9-27-2018)


From our colleagues Efe Sevin and Sohaela Amiri:

"We are editing a book on the internationalization of cities, tentatively entitled “From Branding to Diplomacy: Cities in the International Arena”. Building on the existing studies in the field, we position this book as a way to launch into a larger discussion on cities and their role in international relations. We invite contributions that focus on the role of cities as actors in the international arena. We are looking for three broad approaches to city diplomacy: (1) theoretical approaches to the study of city diplomacy, (2) new methods and methodologies in city diplomacy, and (3) case studies. Abstract submissions of no more than 500 words, along with author name(s) and bio sketches of no more than 200 words should be submitted to by November 1st.

Questions about the project can be directed to the editors (Efe Sevin:, Sohaela Amiri: More information about the project can be found at (link case sensitive).

Download a PDF copy of the announcement and chapter requirements here: cfp.frombrandingtodiplomacy.pdf

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* New Publication! * (9-27-2018)



Dear Friends,

Our Colleague Kadir Jun Ahyan has a new publication on public diplomacy based on the paper presented at ICA 2017.  The Link to the abstract is here: The Boundaries of Public Diplomacy and Nonstate Actors: A Taxonomy of Perspectives.


Congratulations, Kadir!

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* Call for Chapters * 



Call for Chapters Edited Volume: ‘Public Diplomacy during Times of Uncertainty’



With the fall of the Cold War, the subsequent advancement of the liberal world order and the expansion of neo-liberal political economy across political regimes was legitimised by Western diplomatic actors with stability narratives. The eastwards expansion of polities such as the European Union and the NATO; the reconfigurations of relationships between state and non-state actors, the emergence of international regimes (e.g. climate change agreements); the fourth wave of democratisation – all of which begun shifts in global power politics that gradually led to the outbreak of political upheavals and proxy wars. In addition, the expansion of globalism, including the rapid development of digital media technologies, augmented these transformations, and consequently blurred the boundaries and transcend borders, as well as have had profound effects on citizens globally. The accessibility of information, normalisation of digital media technologies in international politics, the growing citizens’ engagement with foreign policy issues have also altered the international communication flows: the possibility to target publics from all over the globe, aided by instantaneity of communication patterns, as well as the acknowledgement that they have been given a voice. In these settings, diplomacy and statecraft, including the practice of public diplomacy has been a gradual process facilitating the articulation of narratives legitimising the stability of, and the promises of, the liberal world order. This is no longer the case.

Paradoxically, uncertainty has amplified since the beginning of the 21st century due to the unprecedented rhythm of simultaneous political changes on multiple levels. In international politics, a variety of non-state actors (TNCs, media conglomerates, digital media technology organisations, global social movements) have come to be active and engage with issues considered to be exclusively governments’ affairs. At the same time, the established world order is challenged by the rise of China and Russia, and major protest movements such as the Arab Spring. In domestic political theaters, the personalisation of politics, the anti-establishment sentiments, populism and nationalisms have emerged and entered the diplomatic realm, reconfiguring the relationships between actors and traditional allies: in the US, the unforeseen victory of Donald Trump and its controversial foreign policy actions (e.g. the travel ban, the immigration order, the new “friendly” relations with Russia and China, etc.) have disrupted previous norms, rituals and even values of American diplomacy (most recently at the NATO summit in July 2018); in Europe, the rise of populism and the right-wing parties culminated with Brexit and the questioning of the European Union’s future. The EU seems to struggle to keep up with political differences, especially economic development between the “old” Western Europe and the “new” members, while it fails to contend with the rise of authoritarianism in Hungary and Poland. In the Middle East, the political upheavals and conflicts of recent years have also lead to paralysis in global institutions with the UN unable to address the Syrian Civil War or the gradual establishment of an autocratic regime in Turkey. In addition, transnational migration and crises (e.g. the refugee crisis in Europe) or highly disruptive events such as the terrorist attacks across Europe have fuelled heavily this climate of increased instability and political extremism. Further, digital media technology and social media platforms have facilitated the propagation of ‘fake news’ and disinformation, ironically “helped” by the eagerness of states to instrumentalise statecraft practices.

It is in these times of uncertainty that we propose a rethink of public diplomacy as fields of study and practice. The past two decades have seen increased interest in the study of public diplomacy, with a focus on the emergence of non-state actors, the accelerated digitalisation, the need for continuous professionalisation of diplomacy and for better tools to execute, measure and evaluate public diplomacy. The role of public diplomacy activities that can bridge differences between societies, nations and governments in an age of rage, societal tensions and dis-engagement has also been discussed. As a practice, public diplomacy is no longer the prerogative of affluent countries. From Lima to Vladivostok, and Reykjavik to Cape Town, new actors are increasingly practicing public diplomacy. Thus, there is a need to substantially and geographically diversify the actors that are investigated by public diplomacy scholars. In addition, digital media technologies are disrupting both the practice and study of public diplomacy: big data, sentiment analysis and even bots are being used by nations to foster, or undermine, relationships while scholars are utilizing such tools as new means to evaluate public diplomacy activities. It is therefore also necessary to explore how innovative technologies can inform the avenues of the public diplomacy practice and the enquiry of this field. Lastly, scholars have called for more inter- and multi-disciplinary approaches in analysis of public diplomacy to account for the complex changes in the field.

Addressing these developments, this volume invites reflection around these key questions, aiming to explore the state of public diplomacy in times of uncertainty:

RQ.1. How does the practice of public diplomacy compare across different political regimes?
RQ.2. How do transnational political trends shape the practice of public diplomacy?
RQ.3. What are policy and institutional trends underpinning the adaption of public diplomacy?
RQ.4. How are the challenges of digitalisation in public diplomacy addressed by political actors?
RQ.5. How do professional identities of public diplomats shift and what drives their re-invention?

Description of Volume

The aim of this edited volume is to bring together perspectives and areas in public diplomacy that are under-explored. We therefore welcome chapters that discuss: new issues in public diplomacy such as populism, strategic disinformation, global protests, activism & social movements, diaspora; complex methodologies; public diplomacy practices in countries from geographical areas insufficiently covered/ underrepresented in public diplomacy literature (e.g. South America, Africa, Middle East, or Asia).


Dr. Alina Dolea, Bournemouth University,
Dr. Pawel Surowiec, Bournemouth University,
Ilan Manor, Oxford University,

Submission Guidelines

Interested authors should send an abstract of 500 words and a short bio (author name, affiliation, contact details) to the editors. Proposals should include: provisional chapter title, the area or perspective on public diplomacy that the chapter aims to cover, the main thesis/contribution of the chapter to public diplomacy theory and/or practice, methodologies, and up to 10 key words.

Indicative Timeline:

17 September, 2018 – abstract submitted to editors
Early October 2018 – authors notified of editors’ decision
28 February, 2019 – submission of first draft of full chapters
April, 2019 – feedback to authors
June, 2019 – final draft due
End of 2019 – complete manuscript delivered to publisher
Publication of the book in 2020 

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ICA welcomes your comments and questions. Please feel free to contact the ICA staff at anytime.


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