Public diplomacy: Strategic Narratives for a Changing World

The main objective of this special issue is to analyse new practices in international political communication with a particular focus on public diplomacy. A new research setting has been created as a result of several factors, including the trend toward digital transformation being undertaken by governments, the appearance of new non-state actors, the marketplace of ideas being promoted by think tanks, political leadership or actions taken by NGOs, the crisis of multilateral institutions such as the WHO or WTO weak leadership of the EU, the impact of populism on the international narrative, and new disinformation practices.

In this regard, the list of suggested issues is as follows:

  1. Strategic narratives: What is the winning narrative in post-globalisation?
  2. The de-institutionalisation of public diplomacy: populist leaders on Twitter, illiberal democracies, and de-globalisation. Consequences on the ethos of dialogue and mutual trust. 3. The rise and fall of US public diplomacy.
  3. European narrative: What type of public diplomacy is needed for the EU’s political project? Brexit, migrations in the Mediterranean area, and other shortcomings of the project.
  4. Public diplomacy in Asia and the Global South. Features, practices and objectives of China, South Korea, India, Brazil and Turkey.
  5. Methodologies and evaluation of public diplomacy.
  6. Public diplomacy from the perspective of gender and ethnicity
  7. Public diplomacy and memory: How does the construction of the past influence international politics today?
  8. Public-private collaboration: private actors in public diplomacy. Dynamics and scope of think tanks and pressure groups

Guest editors: Juan Luis Manfredi Sánchez (Georgetown University and Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha) Michael X Delli Carpini (Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania) and Adriana Amado (Universidad Argentina de la Empresa)

Contact: (juan.manfredi /at/


Paper submission deadline

Articles should be submitted before November 30, 2022 for the peer-review process. Authors should indicate in the “Author comments” section that this article is for this monograph. The proposed articles must comply with the journal’s style standards which can be found on the following link:

Publication: April 2023

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