Geoffrey Wiseman

Professor Geoffrey Wiseman

Director - Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, HDR Convenor - APCD


PhD in International Relations, Oxford University

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Geoff Wiseman

Biographical Statement

Geoffrey Wiseman is Professor and Director at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at the Australian National University (ANU). He came to ANU from the University of Southern California, where he was Professor of the Practice of International Relations and University Fellow at the Center on Public Diplomacy, where he had earlier served as Director. He has also worked in the Strategic Planning Unit of the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General and as peace and security program officer at the Ford Foundation in New York City. Professor Wiseman is a former Australian foreign service officer, serving in three diplomatic postings (Stockholm, Hanoi, and Brussels) and as private secretary to the Australian Foreign Minister, Gareth Evans. His doctorate is from the University of Oxford. His current research interests include diplomatic theory and practice, soft power and public diplomacy, and regional diplomatic culture.

Key Publications

His books are Concepts of Non-Provocative Defence: Ideas and Practices in International Security (Palgrave Macmillan); an edited volume Isolate or Engage: Adversarial States, U.S. Foreign Policy, and Public Diplomacy (Stanford University Press); The Diplomatic Corps as an Institution of International Society (Palgrave Macmillan) and American Diplomacy (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers), both co-edited with Paul Sharp; and Diplomacy in a Globalizing World: Theories and Practices (Oxford University Press), co-edited with Pauline Kerr.

His key journal articles cover a wider range of topics, including: “Polylateralism: Diplomacy’s Third Dimension”; “Pax Americana: Bumping into Diplomatic Culture”; “Distinctive Characteristics of American Diplomacy”; and “Diplomatic Practices at the United Nations”. In 2019, he published two articles: “Public Diplomacy and Hostile Nations” and “Contemporary Challenges for Foreign Ministries”. In 2020, his book chapter titled “Diplomacy”, which assesses the present and future of Diplomatic Studies, appeared in The Sage Handbook of Political Science.

Pauline Kerr, Jennifer Carpenter,Geoffrey Wiseman

Diplomacy in a Globalizing World 2nd Ed. Gains More Praise and Attention

Pauline Kerr and Geoffrey Wiseman, eds., Diplomacy in a Gobalizing World (Oxford University Press, second edition, 2018).

intersecting lines that create networks and connections

Complex Diplomacy: A field in flux

Modern day diplomacy faces a rapidly changing, increasingly complex environment.

Gem from the Past

In his current issue of “Diplomacy’s Public Dimension” Bruce Gregory of George Washington University has cited the Paul Sharp and Geoffrey Wiseman, edited volume, American Diplomacy,

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