Introduction: The Study of Gender, Diplomacy and Negotiation

  • Karin Aggestam
  • Ann E. Towns
Part of the Studies in Diplomacy and International Relations book series (SID)


The introduction takes off from the inspirational question raised by Cynthia Enloe (1990) over two decades ago: “Where are the women?” In the field of diplomacy, this problematic has received scant attention. The introduction provides for an elaborated discussion of the state-of-the-art in the study of gender, diplomacy and international negotiation. Three core research questions guide the advancement of the conceptual framework and empirical mapping. First, where are the women located and positioned in contemporary diplomacy and international negotiation? Second, to what extent are diplomatic norms and practices of negotiations gendered? Third, to what extent have the practices of diplomacy and negotiation changed with broader and more diverse groups of diplomats.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karin Aggestam
    • 1
  • Ann E. Towns
    • 2
  1. 1.Lund UniversityLundSweden
  2. 2.University of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

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