Public diplomacy aims to facilitate communication and understanding between nations, peoples, and communities. Despite the many other functions of public diplomacy, it is often employed to mitigate the aftermath of crises. However, when public diplomacy is integrated into campaigns and programs it can potentially help avoid or anticipate adverse effects. Whether the crisis centers on global health, human rights, natural disasters, or national security, public diplomacy is an integral part of addressing these issues. If public diplomacy efforts are “in on the take offs” or just the “crash landings” there are many examples of both successes and failures of crisis diplomacy.
Public Diplomacy Magazine will focus its Summer 2016 issue on crisis diplomacy. Globalization and climate change continue to contribute to a longer list of potential disasters, which will necessitate action. With the current issue of the Syrian refugee crisis, the recent Ebola epidemic, and impact of transnational terrorism, to mention a few, global crisis situations abound. Issues such as countering violent extremism, global health epidemics, and the migration crisis are global crises with international attention. However, the potential for inner city and urban issues to produce a global impact must also be studied. As practitioners and academics continue to explore solutions to these problems, there is room to consider the limitations and possibilities to incorporate public diplomacy. The summer issue will examine the role public diplomacy can, should, and does play tackling global issues and local issues that have a global impact. Public Diplomacy Magazine hopes to expand the conversation and idea of the possibility and use of public diplomacy in crises.
We are looking for insightful and innovative submissions that fit our regional focus on Crisis Diplomacy. We are interested in articles that will make a constructive contribution to public diplomacy discourse about the possibilities of crisis diplomacy while also providing a meaningful critique to current efforts. Public Diplomacy Magazine will accept two types of submissions:
Essays between 2,500-3,000 words should focus on the role of public diplomacy in the smart power sphere, looking at particular tools, forums, and challenges. This can be submitted in the form of a theoretical working paper, comparative study, or historical piece.
Case studies between 1,000 to 1,500 should focus on a particular actor or program engaged with smart power.
Public Diplomacy Magazine does not accept unsolicited submissions. Authors interested in contributing to the magazine should contact the Editor-in-Chief about their proposals. Please view our editorial policy in the “About Us” section for further information. All submissions must strictly follow the Public Diplomacy Magazine Style Guide. Public Diplomacy Magazine reserves the right to withhold printing any articles submitted.