Master Classes

The New Diplomacy and Public Service

Mon 19 February 2018Centenary Professor Diane StoneBuilding 23, Level B, Room 5, University of Canberra

Date: Monday 19 February
Time: 9.00-5.00
Venue: Building 23, Level B, Room 5, University of Canberra

PRICE: $880 + GST




Diplomacy has long been considered as the turf of Ministries of Foreign Affairs and of political leaders and bureaucratic elites meeting behind closed doors or at high-level summits dealing principally with inter-state ‘high politics’ of foreign and defence diplomacy. In the past few decades, diplomacy has been extended to the ‘low politics’ of economic diplomacy as was symptomatic in the merger of Foreign Affairs and Trade to create Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

This Master Class addresses the ‘new diplomats’ and their methods of operation. This event focuses on an evolving domain of public service where public servants are increasingly being asked to interact with their counterparts overseas (who often act with different protocols) or who are undertaking specific transnational policy activities that have, or can develop from time-to-time, a quasi-diplomatic element or representational role for Australia. This kind of activity is no longer monopolised by Ministries of Foreign Affairs like Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Increasingly, public servants in departments of Health, Education or Environment or other government agencies, state and federal, are engaged in activities off-shore, in international negotiations and standard setting, or partnering with non-state actors in quasi-official initiatives.


Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA) at the University of Canberra invites you to an event that will give you an opportunity to examine the variety of ‘new diplomacy’ styles and strategies of both individuals and organisations inside and outside of government. The Master Class will consider different policy sectors or fields of diplomacy including: Cultural Diplomacy; Diaspora Diplomacy; Economic Diplomacy; Sports Diplomacy; Science Diplomacy amongst others.

New organisational actors in diplomacy include: philanthropic foundations; think tanks; the large international NGOs and professional/business associations; scientific bodies and other expert knowledge organisations like higher education institutions. Likewise, certain groups or individuals occasionally play diplomatic roles: ‘celebrity diplomats’; charismatic and/or esteemed figures known as ‘policy entrepreneurs’; artists, sports-people and musicians as well as diaspora communities. These actors operate in the shadow of the state and their diplomatic status and strategies remain reliant upon alliances and partnerships with official actors.


The Master Class will address the new diplomacy across different governance modes:

  • Para-diplomacy – city and local government diplomacy; the international roles of mayors and local government officials
  • National strategies – the roles of ‘international offices’ of government departments and agencies, and in Australia, the Agents-General.
  • International and regional organisations: the European Union, ASEAN, the World Bank and other development banks.
  • Non-state actors with diplomatic ambition: for example, Nobel prize winners like IPCC, ICBL and ICAN, various NGOs, business associations, etc.

Across these modes, the Master Class will also consider strategies of the new diplomacy in venues as different as high-level summitry, city networks and business dialogues. Digital diplomacy is the latest vogue.

The Master Class will introduce and provide an overview of key concepts:

  • Globalisation and global policy making;
  • Transgovernmentalism, international public management and transnational administration;
  • Diplomacy vis-a-vis the ‘new diplomacy’.

While the new diplomacy is often lauded to improve wider participation (especially that of citizens) in diplomatic activities, there are also problems and pitfalls. As a tool for ‘soft power’, cultural diplomacy can backfire; too much can be expected of scientists and sports-people in promoting international relations; and there can be inter-agency rivalries inside government over diplomatic ‘turf’.


This Master Class will appeal to members of the APS who have an international dimension to their work. The Master Class is also of high relevance to those staff working in foreign delegations whether that be in Embassies and Consulates or in the offices of international NGOs.


The goal is that you leave the event wiser about the roles and organisational strategies of public and private agencies in diplomatic affairs and issue areas including:

  • Subject knowledge and understanding of both traditional modes of diplomacy and evolutions in diplomatic practice and scholarship. This includes key concepts in global policy and transnational administration and how they relate to theories of global governance and international relations.
  • Critical analysis of scholarly and other sources on new diplomatic practices as well as the ability to synthesise and apply concepts from the fields of public administration, policy studies, international relations (IR), international political economy (IPE) and security studies to policy practice.
  • Professional awareness and heightened knowledge of bureaucratic conduct in international contexts and opportunity to network with a peer group interested in this mode of Australian administrative conduct in internationalised fields of public policy and public sector management.


The Master Class is a one-day event in IGPA at the University of Canberra. The format is a mix of presentations from leading experts, a roundtable discussion dialogue and inquiry, peer group consultation, and case study examination.

9.00-9.30 Introductions
9.30-10.20 What is Diplomacy? And what is ‘old’ and ‘new’ about it
10.30-11.30 Economic Diplomacy
11.30-11.45 coffee break
11.45-1.00 Trans-governmentalism & Networked Diplomacy
1.00-1.45 Lunch
1.45-3.15 Roundtable with guests from Canberra policy community
3.15-3.30 leg stretching
3.30-4.30 Diaspora, Higher Education Institutions & Science Diplomacy
4.30-5.00 ‘Reality Check’ & Conclusion: The Limits to Diplomacy


Diane is Centenary Professor at the University of Canberra in the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis. Professor Stone is also a Professor at the University of Warwick in the UK and has been a Visiting Professor at Central European University in Hungary for most years from 2004-2017.

Currently she is the consulting editor of the journal ‘Policy and Politics’. She is also a Vice President of the International Public Policy Association. She was also a board member of the Think Tank Fund of the Open Society Foundation. She has also been a member of the Governing Body of an international organisation, the Global Development Network, and until end of 2012 a Member of Council of the Overseas Development Institute.

She was co-editor of ‘Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organization’ affiliated with the Academic Council of the United Nations System from 2005-08. For a brief spell she worked at the World Bank.

Her professional and research interests are in the area of public policy, globalisation and governance with a current specialism in ‘science diplomacy’. Her latest book is called ‘Knowledge Networks and Transnational Governance: The Public-Private Policy Nexus in the Global Agora’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).


International Visiting Speaker

Richard Higgott is Emeritus Professor of International Political Economy at the University of Warwick. From 2016 he has been based in the Institute of European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) as part of a research team funded by the EU Horizon 2020 Research and innovation Programme working on Europe’s role in contemporary Cultural, Science and Innovation Diplomacy. He held early career junior appointments at several universities including the University of Western Australia and the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard followed by appointments as Professor (International Politics and Public Policy) at the Australian National University and Director of its Graduate Training Programme for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Professor of Government at the University of Manchester before moving to Warwick where he founded and directed the Centre for Globalisation and Regionalisation. Between 2006 and 2014 he held senior administrative appointments as Pro Vice Chancellor (Research) at Warwick and Vice Chancellor of Murdoch University in Australia. Distinctions include a Fulbright Fellowship, the Hallsworth Fellowship, the ‘Asia Chair’ at the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques. He has been President of the Australasian Political Science Association, Vice President of the International Studies Association. He is an elected Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences and an Honorary Life Member of the Australian Institute of International Affairs of which he is also a former National Director. He is the author and/or editor of 20 plus books and monographs and 120 plus peer reviewed book chapters and articles in major journals.

Roundtable Speakers

Darren Sinclair has a BSc (Hons I) from the University of Sydney, and a Masters and PhD from the Australian National University. He represented Australia at the United Nations International Framework Convention on Climate Change (Geneva 1993 and 1994). He co-designed the self-regulatory and trading scheme to phase out the use of ozone-depleting gases under Australia’s commitment to the Montreal Protocol. He currently holds a DECRA Fellowship at IGPA. Prior to this, he was a Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Environmental Law (Faculty of Law) and the Fenner School of Environment and Society, both at the Australian National University. He has published widely on environmental governance, regulation and policy, and mining occupational health and safety regulation and policy. He has also worked as a consultant to government and industry

Gillie Kirk is currently the manager of Treasury’s Foreign Investment compliance policy unit. Previously she managed the International Development Unit, Macroeconomic Group, Australian Department of the Treasury. There, she led advice to the Treasurer and Treasury senior management on governance and strategy of multilateral development banks of which Australia is a member: the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Banks, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Previously at Treasury she led advice on international financial regulation to support the Treasurer at G20, and before that on competition policy, deregulation, and prudential regulation of the banks. She was seconded to the Australian Bankers Association for a short period, writing parts of the association’s submission to Australia’s 2014 Financial System Inquiry.

Dr Samia Elfekih obtained her PhD in genetics and molecular biology from the University of Tunis El Manar (Tunisia) in 2010. Her PhD research work was done at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in the US, sponsored by a Fulbright postgraduate scholarship. After a brief visit to the Department of Biology at the University of California Riverside (UCR), she moved to London to be a UNESCO-L’Oréal for Women in Science postdoctoral scientist, jointly at Imperial College and the Natural History Museum. Dr Elfekih’s main research interests have been focused on the genomics of invasive insect pests. During her postdoc at Imperial College London, her research focused on insect population genomics and the possible effects of climate change on invasive insect pests such as the Mediterranean fruit fly Ceratitis capitata. Her main aim, was to study the evolutionary biology of natural medfly populations and their pathway of invasion worldwide, using a marker system (RADseq) to assess nucleotide variation affecting all regions of the medfly genome and examine the possible effect of pesticide resistance on the medfly life-history traits in newly colonized sites. Dr Elfekih joined CSIRO in 2013 and was sponsored by the CSIRO Office of the Chief Executive (OCE) program, to design her own independent research project. She was particularly keen on developing ideas around the genomics of the whitefly Bemisia tabaci. She has been using sophisticated genomic tools to investigate the phylogenomics of the Bemisia cryptic invasive species complex and infer their demographic history and invasion pathways. Dr Samia Elfekih is at the forefront of adapting novel genomic techniques to entomological systems.


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  • Bindenagel-Šehovi?, A. (2017). Coordinating Global Health Policy Responses: From HIV/AIDS to Ebola and Beyond. Springer.
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  • Gienow-Hecht, J. C., & Donfried, M. C. (Eds.). (2010). Searching for a cultural diplomacy (Vol. 6). Berghahn Books.
  • Islam, S., & Susskind, L. (2012). Water diplomacy: A negotiated approach to managing complex water networks. Routledge.
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  • Melissen, J. (2005). The new public diplomacy (pp. 3-27). Palgrave Macmillan UK.
  • Susskind, L. E., & Ali, S. H. (2014). Environmental diplomacy: negotiating more effective global agreements. Oxford University Press.


  • Diplomacy and Statecraft
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Hague Journal of Diplomacy
  • Global Policy
  • Global Summitry


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