1st Edition

Routledge International Handbook of Diaspora Diplomacy

Edited By Liam Kennedy Copyright 2022
    428 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    428 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge International Handbook of Diaspora Diplomacy is a multidisciplinary collection of writings by leading scholars and practitioners from around the world. It reflects on the geopolitical and technological shifts that have led to the global emergence of this form of diplomacy and provides detailed examples of how governments, intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and corporations are engaging diasporas as transnational agents of intervention and change.

    The organization in six thematic parts provides for focused coverage of key issues, sectors and practices, while also building a comprehensive guide to the growing field. Each section features an introduction authored by the Editor, designed to provide useful contextual information and to highlight linkages between the chapters. Cross-disciplinary research and commentary is a key feature of the Handbook, providing diverse yet overlapping perspectives on diaspora diplomacy.

    • Part 1: Mapping Diaspora Diplomacy
    • Part 2: Diaspora Policies and Strategies
    • Part 3: Diaspora Networks and Economic Development
    • Part 4: Long-Distance Politics
    • Part 5: Digital Diasporas, Media and Soft Power
    • Part 6: Advancing Diaspora Diplomacy Studies

    The Routledge International Handbook of Diaspora Diplomacy is a key reference point for study and future scholarship in this nascent field.


    Liam Kennedy

    Part 1: Mapping Diaspora Diplomacy

    1. Diasporas and Public Diplomacy: From History to Policy

    Nicholas J. Cull

    2. Diaspora Diplomacy in Myanmar: The Role of "Multiple Worlds" in World Politics

    Elaine Lynn-Ee Ho and Fiona McConnell

    Part 2: Diaspora Policies and Strategies

    3. Diaspora Engagement Strategies: Theory and Case Study Evidence

    David Leblang and Jenny Glazier

    4. Innovating Through Engagement: Mexico's Model to Support its Diaspora

    Juan Carlos Mendoza Sánchez and Ana Céspedes Cantú

    5. Chinese Diaspora’s New Roles in China’s Diplomacy

    Sheng Ding

    6. India and Indian Diaspora: Rethinking Homeland in the 21st Century

    Ajaya K. Sahoo and Anindita Shome

    7. A Too Successful Diaspora Diplomacy?: The Case of Israel

    Adi Schwartz

    8. Croatia’s Diaspora Strategy: History, Transition, Status and Outlook

    Caroline Hornstein Tomić, Katharina Hinić and Ivan Hrstić

    9. Diaspora Engagement in the US (2010-2016)

    Jeffrey L. Jackson

    Part 3: Diaspora Networks and Economic Development

    10. Diaspora and Transnational Communities’ and Economic Contributions

    Deepali Fernandes

    11. Diaspora Capital and Transnational Economic Development

    Manuel Orozco

    12. Diaspora as Actors of Economic Diplomacy

    Michaella Vanore

    13. Africans in the Diaspora: Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Investment, and Human Capital Development

    Almaz Negash

    14. Diaspora Philanthropy: Unlocking New Portals for Diplomacy and Development

    Kingsley Aikins and Martin Russell

    Part 4: Long Distance Politics

    15. Diasporas’ Political Rights and the Heterogeneous, Nonlinear Unfolding of External Citizenship in Latin America

    Ana Margheritis

    16. Long Distance and Diaspora Youth: A Closer Look at Turkey’s Diaspora Engagement Policies Aimed at Post-Migrant Generations

    Ayca Arkilic

    17. Policymakers and Diasporas in Informal Public Diplomacy

    Nadejda K. Marinova

    18. From the Good Friday Agreement to Brexit: Irish Diaspora Diplomacy in the United States

    Liam Kennedy

    19. Diaspora Networks, Fragile States: Conflict and Cooperation

    David Carment, Milana Nikolko, Sam MacIsaac and Dani Belo

    20. Iraqi Diaspora in the US and US-Iraq Relations

    Mahdi Bahmani

    21. Seeking Justice from Abroad: Diasporas and Transitional Justice

    Dženeta Karabegović and Camilla Orjuela

    22. Diasporas, Home Conflicts, and Conflict Transportation in Countries of Settlement

    Élise Féron

    23. Diaspora Diplomacy Under Authoritarianism: Practices of Transnational Repression in World Politics

    Gerasimos Tsourapas

    Part 5: Digital Diasporas, Media and Soft Power

    24. Diaspora, Digital Diplomacy and Rebuilding the Somali State

    Idid Osman

    25. Diaspora Diplomacy in the Digital Age

    Corneliu Bjola, Ilan Manor and Geraldine Asiwome Adiku

    26. Chinese-Language Digital/Social Media in Australia: Diaspora as "Double Agents" of Public Diplomacy

    Wanning Sun

    27. Using Technology to Channel Diaspora Knowledge Remittances at Scale

    Ronit Avni

    Part 6: Advancing Diaspora Diplomacy Studies

    28. Diasporas, Development and the Second Generation

    Mari Toivanen and Baher Baser

    29. Theorising Diaspora Diplomacy

    Eytan Gilboa


    Liam Kennedy is Professor of American Studies and Director of the Clinton Institute at University College Dublin. His research interests include American cultural and media studies, political communications, and Irish-US relations. His recent book publications include Afterimages: Photography and US Foreign Policy (2016), Neoliberalism and American Literature (2019), and Trump’s America (2020).

    "In the face of the rise of nativist and populist movements around the world, the Routledge Handbook on Diaspora Diplomacy fills a critical vacuum in the literature by highlighting the multifaceted, complex, and critical role of diasporas in international diplomacy and politics."

    Amelia Arsenault

    "The Routledge Handbook of Diaspora Diplomacy represents a path-breaking reconnaissance-in-strength into an emerging and increasingly important dimension of international and transnational relations."

    Paul Sharp, Professor of Political Science, University of Minnesota Duluth