AGS International Studies Review

AGS is launching an academic journal on International Studies

The AGS International Studies Review (AGS-ISR) a high-quality, peer-reviewed, internationally focused academic journal that will use quantitative and qualitative research that is objective, critical and innovative in its analysis of relevant political, economic, societal and cultural issues within IR and Diplomacy, distinguishing itself to its core target audiences in academia, research institutions, governments, civil society, the private sector and independent scholars. The journal accepts submissions from esteemed academics, independent scholars, doctoral candidates and post-doctoral researchers with the relevant background and interests.

At the outset, the journal will be published on an annual basis. The journal’s theme will correspond with that of the American Graduate School in Paris’s yearly student conference. This will provide the opportunity for one or more of the conference papers, those which demonstrate a particularly high level of academic research and writing, to be published in the journal. Graduate student level papers may exceptionally be accepted for publication in cunjunction with this conference award.

The AGS International Studies Review will be an online only open source document available at no cost to users. This is following the growing trend of the Open Access Movement (OAM), which has made it possible since the 1990s for researchers and academic institutions to self-publish via the Internet and to challenge the dominance of large commercial publishers. The official publishing institution will be the American Graduate School in Paris Research Center for International Studies.

The first issue will be launched by the end of 2013, precise release date to be determined.

1st Annual Issue of the AGS-ISR: "Traditional and Innovative Forms of Diplomacy"

Since its foundation, diplomacy has been at the core of international relations and holds primary responsibility for the development and implementation of foreign policy. It is recognized that the work of traditional diplomacy, focused principally on bilateral relations between states and working in conjunction with international and multinational organizations, remains an essential core of state conduct in international relations.  However, profound changes in the foreign policy environment after the end of the Cold War and especially in the 21st century have challenged the approach and implementation of conduct in foreign relations. In the past decades, we have seen the rise in the number of grassroots movements demanding a more representative, inclusive and democratic process in the governance of their respective countries, and continued non-state actor participation at the regional and international levels corresponding to an issue or topic of interest through coordinated use of telecommunications strategies. These movements have demonstrated the growing influence of agency not only to change national politics, but also to shape regional and international relations and diplomacy.

Do recent and numerous declarations of solidarity and coordination efforts, between popular movements around the world, represent a permanent challenge to the dominance in the conduct of diplomacy of traditional actors such as nation-states, multinationals and IGOs/NGOs? If so, do the increasing significance of agency and other non-state actors in the international system pose a challenge to traditional paradigms of bilateral and multilateral statecraft? These challenges put into question the conduct of traditional diplomacy in relation to for whom and in what ways it is conducted. It is under these tenets that scholars must critically question whether the shifts in systemic order, as well as dynamic new actors and transnational challenges require a fundamental reevaluation of current forms of diplomacy.


In order to promote research and a broader dialogue regarding these trends and the challenges or roles of diplomatic approaches in the 21st century, the first issue of the AGS-ISR will feature papers falling into, but not limited to, the following general categories:

  • Polarity and the international system: shifting paradigms of power and diplomacy

  • Relevancy of the state in the international system and diplomacy

  • Diplomacy and the emergence of non-state actors in the international system (i.e. role of international and non-governmental organizations, civil society, epistemic and knowledge-generating communities, and the private sector)

  • Diplomacy and the role of democratic transition and regime change

  • Inclusive and exclusive politics of recognition and legitimacy in the international system

  • Projections of state power: hierarchy amongst great powers; the core and the periphery

  • Transversal politics and the reframing of diplomatic perspectives

  • Emergence of non-traditional approaches and sectors: multi-track and public diplomacies

  • Interdependence, diplomacy and the globalized world

  • Transnational global challenges: cooperation or entrenchment  (e.g. international terrorism and security, financial crises, resource management, environmental issues and natural disasters)

  • Diplomacy’s role in advocacy of societal challenges in the 21st century ( e,g. gender and identity issues, poverty, public health, environmental issues, and migration or immigration)

  • Statecraft in conflict: preventative diplomacy and conflict management

  • Media, communications, and their role in diplomacy and dissemination

  • Diplomats of the 21st century: traditional vs. transformation of the practitioner (i.e. cultural, class, race, gender and educational profile of the individual)

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