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              THE HAGUE  JOURNAL  OF DIPLOMACY  14 (2019) 1-5   H    D
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 Introduction: Debating Public Diplomacy

       Jan Melissen
       Institute of Security and Global Affairs, Leiden University, 2511 DP The
       Hague, The Netherlands; Netherlands Institute of International Relations
       'Clingendael', 2597 VH The Hague, The Netherlands; University of Antwerp,
       2ooo Antwerp, Belgium
       jmelissen@fgga.leidenuniv.n!

       Jian Wang
       Center on Public Diplomacy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles,
       CA  9oo89-0281, United States
       wangjian@usc.edu



As its title - Debating Public Diplomacy - indicates, this special issue of The
Hague Journal ofDiplomacy (HJD) is more debate-focused than HJD's previous
thematic issues, which form a hallmark of the journal. It intends to stimulate
new  thinking on public diplomacy in our turbulent world. There are many def-
initions of public diplomacy, which, for the purposes of this special issue, we
generally describe as a country's efforts to create and maintain relationships
with publics in other societies to advance policies and actions. The twelve es-
says collected in this volume seek to reflect on recent developments in the
global information sphere that present new challenges for public diplomacy
practitioners and, indeed, for academic analysis in the years ahead. If any con-
sensus exists among the authors, it is that the present state of affairs across the
globe constitutes a crisis, which is above all fomented by resurgent geopoliti-
cal rivalry and technological change impacting on international politics and
state-society relations - and hence on the practice of public diplomacy. The
articles are more argumentative than regular research papers; they are shorter
and forward-looking.
   We have commissioned  the essays in this issue from thought-leaders, senior
scholars and up-and-coming  writers in the field, and we have pressed the au-
thors to consider observable trends affecting public diplomacy strategies and
practices. The analyses look at public diplomacy from multiple thematic an-
gles, and this volume includes the suigeneris case study of China as the world's
most prominent  emerging  power. China's perspective serves as an important


@ KONINKLIJKE BRILL NV, LEIDEN, 2019  DOI:10.1163/1871191X-14101064

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