Latest issue: Vol. 2, No. 1 (May 2020)
Table of Contents

Forum: Business Diplomacy Through the Ages

Huub Ruël
Multinational Corporations as Diplomatic Actors: an Exploration of the Concept of Business Diplomacy

Niels van Willigen
Business Diplomacy from an IR Perspective

Cátia Antunes
Early Modern Business Diplomacy: an Appraisal

Adam Clulow and Tristan Mostert
The Dutch East India Company and Business Diplomacy

David Veevers and William A. Pettigrew
Trading Companies and Business Diplomacy in the Early Modern World

Thomas David and Pierre Eichenberger
Business and Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century: a Corporatist View


Birgit Tremml-Werner and Lisa Hellman
Merely “Ad hoc” Diplomacy? A Global Historical Comparison of Early Modern Japanese–Spanish and Qing-Russian Foreign Relations

David Verster
Private Diplomacy and Dutch Foreign Relations: the Rijkens Group and the West New Guinea Dispute 1949–62

Swapna Kona Nayudu
“India Looks at the World”: Nehru, the Indian Foreign Service & World Diplomacy

Olga Krasnyak
Russian Science Diplomacy

Roundtable: Women in Diplomacy

Michael Kennedy
“A Number One Diplomatist”: Josephine McNeill, Ireland’s Minister to the Netherlands, 1950–55

Marc Dierikx
The Slow Ascent of Women in Dutch Diplomacy: the Case of Maria Witteveen

Anne Barrington
Women in Diplomacy: the Equality Agenda

Book Reviews

Dino Knudsen
Informal Alliance: The Bilderberg Group and Transatlantic Relations During the Cold War, 1952–1968, written by Thomas W. Gijswijt, 2019

John Condren
La missione di Decio Francesco Vitelli nella storia della nunziatura di Venezia: Dai primi incarichi alla guerra di Castro (1485–1643), written by Marco Albertoni, 2017

Lorena De Vita
Preventing Palestine. A Political History from Camp David to Oslo, written by Seth Anziska, 2018

Alison Ruth Holmes
Diplomacy in the 21st Century: A Brief Introduction, written by Paul Sharp, 2019

Quincy Cloet
The Institution of International Order: From the League of Nations to the United Nations, edited by Simon Jackson and Alanna O’Malley, 2018

Marsha Siefert
Enemy Number One: The United States of America in Soviet Ideology and Propaganda, 1945–1959, written by Rósa Magnúsdóttir, 2018
An interview with Rósa Magnúsdóttir may be heard on our podcasts page.

David Webster
International Development: A Postwar History, written by Corinna R. Unger, 2018

Announcement: The Mattingly Prize

Books for Review



Diplomatica: A Journal of Diplomacy and Society addresses the broad range of work being done across the social sciences and the humanities that takes diplomacy as its focus of investigation. The journal explores and investigates diplomacy as an extension of social interests, forces, and environments. It is multidisciplinary, providing a space to unite perspectives from diplomatic history (humanities) and diplomatic studies (social sciences) in particular. It is interdisciplinary, expanding beyond its disciplinary foundation of history to enrich historical perspectives with innovative analyses from other disciplines. It seeks to broaden the study of diplomacy temporally, contributing to a re-appraisal of diplomacy across the modern and early modern eras and beyond, in this way bridging temporal divides and introducing debate between scholars of different periodizations. It is determinedly global in orientation, providing a space for inter-regional comparisons.

Diplomatica seeks to merge diplomatic history and diplomatic studies through three main approaches:

1. Habitat: Exploring the multiple identities, behaviors, rituals, and belief systems of diplomats and how they change according to time, place, and space;

2. Actors: Challenging the centrality of the nation-state as the principal actor framing an understanding of what diplomacy is by focusing equally on the role of non-state actors;

3. Disciplines: Introducing appropriate methodologies from the social sciences, such as prosopography, network analysis, gender studies, economics, geography, and communications, in order to broaden the analytical study of diplomatic habitats, actors, and interactions through time.

Broadly speaking, Diplomatica covers the study of diplomatic process more than the study of diplomatic product. It questions, investigates, and explores all aspects of the diplomatic world, from interactions between the professionally diplomatic and the non-diplomatic to the arrangement of summits and banquets, the architecture of ministries and residences, and the identities, roles, practices, and networks of envoys, policy entrepreneurs, salonnières, and all other private and quasi-private individuals who affect the course of diplomacy.

The journal welcomes submissions dealing with any period and locale from across the humanities and social sciences. Submissions should be standard article length (approximately 8,000 words including footnotes) and written for a general, scholarly audience.

For editorial queries and proposals, please contact the Diplomatica Editorial Office.
For book review queries, please contact the book review editor, Haakon Ikonomou.

The Mattingly Award

Brill, the editorial board of Diplomatica, and the New Diplomatic History Network are pleased to provide an annual award for excellence and originality in an essay on diplomatic society or culture, broadly defined. The Mattingly Award is named for the American historian, Garrett Mattingly (1900-62), an esteemed writer, scholar, and professor at Columbia University. Best known for his history of the Spanish Armada (1959), which won the Pulitzer Prize, and his biography of Catherine of Aragon (1941), Mattingly pioneered the study of diplomatic institutions, practices, norms, and personalities, notably in his classic history of early modern Europe, Renaissance Diplomacy (1955).


Giles Scott-Smith, Leiden University

Kenneth Weisbrode, Bilkent University


Book Review Editor

Haakon Ikonomou, University of Copenhagen


Editorial Board

Rebecca Adler-Nissen, University of Copenhagen

Cátia Antunes, Leiden University

Laurence Badel, University of Paris 1

Corneliu Bjola, University of Oxford

Alessandro Brogi, University of Arkansas

Costas Constantinou, University of Cyprus

Noe Cornago, University of the Basque Country

Maurits Ebben, Leiden University

Jessica Gienow-Hecht, Free University of Berlin

Petra Goedde, Temple University

Karen Gram-Skjoldager, University of Aarhus

Jan Hennings, Central European University

Isabella Lazzarini, University of Molise

Helen McCarthy, University of Cambridge

Iver B. Neumann, Fridtjof Nansen Institute

Thomas Otte, University of East Anglia

Geoffrey Allen Pigman, University of Pretoria

Priscilla Roberts, City University of Macau

J. Simon Rofe, SOAS University of London

Jonathan Rosenberg, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York

Naoko Shimazu, Yale-NUS College Singapore

Tracey Sowerby, University of Oxford

Zara Steiner†, Fellow Emeritus of Murray-Edwards College, University of Cambridge

John Watkins, University of Minnesota

Ellen R. Welch, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Christian Windler, University of Bern