Ministries of Foreign Affairs in the World

Ministries of foreign a fairs are prominent institutions at the heart of state diplomacy. Although they have lost their monopoly on the making of national foreign policies, they still are the operators of key practices associated with diplomacy: communication, representation and negotiation. Often studied in a monographic way, ministries of foreign a fairs are undergoing an adaptation of their practices that require a global approach. This book lls a gap in the literature by approaching ministries of foreign a fairs in a comparative and comprehensive way. The best international specialists in the eld provide methodological and theoretical insights into how best to study institutions that remain crucial for the world diplomacy.

Contributors are: Thierry Balzacq, Guillaume Beaud, Gabriel Castillo, Andrew Cooper, Rhys Crilley, Jason Dittmer, Mikael Ekman, Bruno Figueroa, Karla Gobo, Minda Holm, Marcus Holmes, Walid Jumblatt Abdullah, Nikolaj Juncher Waedegaard, Casper Klynge, Halvard Leira, Christian Lequesne, Ilan Manor, Jan Melissen, Iver B. Neumann, Birgitta Niklasson, Kim B. Olsen, Pierre-Bruno Ruffini, Claudia Santos, Jorge A. Schiavon, Damien Spry, Kamna Tiwary, Geoffrey Wiseman, and Reuben Wong.


All interested in the organization of diplomacy and foreign policymaking. The target group includes academics and think tankers, but also diplomats and NGOs.

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About the author

Christian Lequesne is professor of political science at Sciences Po’s Center for International Studies (CERI), where he specializes in European Studies and Diplomacy. He participates in the ESRC project “The UK in a changing Europe” and is Sciences Po’s principal investigator within the H2020 EU-LISTCO project on European foreign policy. Research fellow and then Professor at Sciences Po since 1988, he was deputy director of CERI from 2000 to 2003, and director of CERI from 2009 to 2013. Director of the Centre français de recherche en sciences sociales (CEFRES) in Prague from 2004 to 2006, LSE-Sciences Po Alliance. Professor at the European Institute of the London School of Economics & Political Science – LSE from 2006 to 2008, member and vice-president of the Board of Directors of Sciences Po from 2007 to 2013. He is a regular visiting professor at the School of Government of LUISS University and the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna. Co-Founder and Co-Chief Editor with Prof. Christopher Hill (Cambridge) of European Review of International Studies (Brill), member of the international adversory board of The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, Journal of European Integration; Politique européenne.