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.
Public Diplomacy Magazine’s Winter 2016 issue will have a regional focus on public diplomacy in Africa. The rich history of the continent has fostered close relationships for many states both regionally and internationally, creating opportunities for various types of domestic and global exchanges. In light of the UN sustainable development goals, both states and NGOs continue to target the African continent for public diplomacy initiatives promoting trade and investment opportunities, cultural and educational programming, human rights efforts, and other global issues such as the empowerment of women and youth and countering violent extremism (CVE). Each of these initiatives, as well as others emphasizing new media and communication technologies, will deepen global discourse about the involvement of state and non-state public diplomacy actors in Africa.
We are looking for insightful and innovative submissions that fit our regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. We are interested in articles that will make a constructive contribution to public diplomacy discourse about the continent while advancing global public knowledge about Africa’s rich history. Public Diplomacy Magazine will accept two types of submissions:
The Summer 2015 issue of Public Diplomacy Magazine will revisit the concept of “smart power,” coined by international relations scholar and professor at the Harvard Kennedy School, Joseph S. Nye, in his 2011 book, The Future of Power. According to Nye, smart power is the conscious coupling of hard and soft power resources to achieve desired outcomes on the world stage. In practice, however, the two concepts are commonly understood as mutually exclusive. This is especially true in the US, where policymakers have historically tended to favor hard power resources as the primary means of gaining influence abroad. Our upcoming issue will explore what is required for soft power to be fully accepted in the US, how to dismantle the …