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15 Hague J. Dipl. 1 (2020)

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             THE  HAGUE JOURNAL  OF DIPLOMACY  15 (2020) 1-12       HD
 BRIL L
NIJHOF F                                                       brill.com/hjd



Ministries of Foreign Affairs: A Crucial Institution

Revisited



i       Introduction

The scholar who  attends international conferences and reads regular publi-
cations on diplomatic studies and foreign policy analysis is confronted with
one indisputable observation: If plenty of new academic research on contem-
porary diplomatic practices has emerged, few of those studies paradoxically
focus on the comparative role of ministries of foreign affairs (MFAs). Thus,
providing academic  material to students on MFAs  requires using chapters
published in general textbooks;1 monographs based  on single-country case
studies;2 practitioners' accounts, which can be rather descriptive;3 and, finally,
research published more than fifteen years ago.4 The goal of this special issue
is to fill this gap in the literature by devoting a complete journal issue to the
contemporary  role of MFAS in diplomacy. The special issue is built on three
components:  original research articles, theoretical accounts and practitioners'
accounts. Making a distinction between the three types of contributions is a
clear choice to clarify who is speaking from where.



2       Why  so Few Studies on MFAs?

Four reasons explain the dearth of recent comparative studies on the role of
MFAS  in the world.
   The first reason is a natural preference of scholars for new diplomatic in-
stitutions rather than classical ones. They consider it more exciting to work
on  new  international institutions such as the European External Action
Service operating in the context of the European Union,5 or nongovernmental

1  Berridge 2015; Constantinou, Kerr and Sharp 2016; Kerr and Wiseman 2018; Balzacq, Charillon
   and Ramel 2020.
2  Neumann 2012; Lequesne 2020.
3  Ranazoo,2011.
4  Hocking 1999; Hocking and Spence 2003.
5  Morgenstem-Pomorski 2018; Gatti 2016; Balfour, Carta and Raik 2015.


© KONINKLIJKE BRILL NV, LEIDEN, 2020 1 DOI:10.1163/1871191X-BJA10003

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