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Geoffrey Wiseman

Professor of the Practice of International Relations

Contact Information
E-mail: gwiseman@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-2136
Office: VKC 330

 

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Wiseman is Professor of the Practice of International Relations at the University of Southern California. In 2006–07, he was on secondment to the Strategic Planning Unit of the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General, dealing with issues involving nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament. In 2008-09, he was director of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy. Dr. Wiseman is a former Australian diplomat, serving in three diplomatic postings (Stockholm, Hanoi, and Brussels) and as private secretary to the Foreign Minister, Gareth Evans. He has also worked in the philanthropic sector, serving as program officer in the Ford Foundations's International Affairs program, based in New York City. He received his doctorate in International Relations from Oxford University, and has had visiting fellowships at the Australian National University, Yale University, and the Pacific Council on International Policy. At USC, Dr. Wiseman teaches Leadership & Diplomacy; Global Civil Society: Non-State Actors in World Politics; Transnational Diplomacy & Global Security; Theories of Diplomacy; and The United Nations and World Order. Dr. Wiseman’s research interests are diplomatic theory and practice; international security; and Asia-Pacific regional security, including Australia.

 

Dr. Wiseman co-edited a textbook, with Pauline Kerr of the Australian National University, entitled Diplomacy in a Globalizing World: Theories and Practices (Oxford University Press 2013). He has co-edited a book (with Paul Sharp) entitled The Diplomatic Corps as an Institution of International Society (Palgrave Macmillan). He is co-editor (also with Paul Sharp) of a book on American Diplomacy (Brill Publishers). Earlier publications include Concepts of Non-Provocative Defence: Ideas and Practices in International Security. His recent articles have been on the “Distinguishing Characteristics of American Diplomacy",” and on “Polylateralism: Diplomacy's Third Dimension.” He has recently written book chapters on “Diplomacy,” “The United Nations,” "Engaging the Enemy: An Essential Norm for Sustainable US Diplomacy,” and on “Norms and Diplomacy: The Diplomatic Underpinnings of Multilateralism.” He is currently editing a book (for Stanford University Press) on “Adversarial States, US Foreign Policy, and Public Diplomacy.” 

 

Education

Ph.D. International Relations, University of Oxford, 1997
M.Phil. International Relations, University of Oxford, 1988
M.A. Political Science, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 1975
B.A. Political Science, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia, 1973
 

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Professor Wiseman's research and teaching interests include diplomatic culture, leadership, and practices, including public diplomacy; international security, including U.S. foreign policy; Asia-Pacific regional security, including Australia's place in the region; and the evolving role of the United Nations in resolving global challenges.
 

Research Keywords

diplomacy, diplomatic theory, adversarial states, international security, Asia-Pacific, Australia, diplomatic practices at the United Nations.
 

Research Specialties

1. Diplomatic theory and practice. 2. International security, including U.S. foreign and security policy. 3. Asia-Pacific regional security, including Australia. 4. The United Nations
 

Publications

Book

Kerr, P., Wiseman, G. (2013). Diplomacy in a Globalizing World: Theories and Practices. (Pauline Kerr and Geoffrey Wiseman, Ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Wiseman, Geoffrey, Paul Sharp and Geoffrey Wiseman (Ed.). (2012). American Diplomacy. Leiden and Boston: Martinus Nijhoff/Brill.
Wiseman, G. R. (2007). The Diplomatic Corps as an Institution of International Society. (Paul Sharp and Geoffrey Wiseman, Ed.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Wiseman, G. R. (2002). Concepts of Non-Provocative Defence : Ideas and Practices in International Security. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
 

Book Chapter

Wiseman, G., Basu, S. (2013). The United Nations. Diplomacy in a globalizing world: theories and pra pp. 319-335. Oxford,: Oxford University Press.
Wiseman, G., Sharp, P. (2012). Diplomacy. An Introduction to International Relations pp. 256–267. Cambridge University Press.
Wiseman, G. R. (2011). Norms and Diplomacy: The Diplomatic Underpinnings of Multilateralism. The New Dynamics of Multilateralism pp. 5–22. Boulder CO: Westview Press.
Wiseman, G. R. (2010). Engaging the Enemy: An Essential Norm for Sustainable US Diplomacy. Sustainable Diplomacies pp. 213–234. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Wiseman, G. R. (2007). Esprit de Corps: Sketches of Diplomatic Life in Stockholm, Hanoi, and New York. pp. 246-264. The Diplomatic Corps as an Institution of International Society Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan..
Wiseman, G. R. (1994). Non-Offensive Defence in the Asia-Pacific Region, in Bjorn Moller and Hakan Wiberg, eds., Non-Offensive Defence for the Twenty-First Century, 1994. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.
 

Book Review

Wiseman, G. (2011). Theorizing Diplomacy and Diplomats on Their Own Terms. International Studies Review. pp. 348–350.
 

Essay

Wiseman, G. (2011). Bringing Diplomacy Back In: Time for Theory to Catch up with Practice. pp. 710-713. International Studies Review.
 

Journal Article

Wiseman, G. (2012). Distinctive Characteristics of American Diplomacy. The Hague Journal of Diplomacy. Vol. 6, pp. 235–259.
Wiseman, G. R. (2010). Polylateralism: Diplomacy’s Third Dimension. Public Diplomacy Magazine. (4), pp. 24-39.
Wiseman, G. R. (2005). Pax Americana: Bumping into Diplomatic Culture. International Studies Perspectives/International Studies Association. Vol. 6 (4), pp. p.46-75.
Wiseman, G. R. (2005). The Palme Commissions: New Thinking about Security. United Nations University. pp. p.46-75.
 

Other

Paul Sharp and Geoffrey Wiseman (Ed.). (2011). American Diplomacy. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers/Brill.
 

Working Paper

Wiseman, G. R. (1998). Dealing with the Nuclear Dilemma in South Asia, co-written with Gregory Treverton, 1998. Pacific Council on International Policy.
 

Service to the Profession

Committees

Member, International Advisory Board, Asia Pacific College of Diplomacy, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia., 2013-2014   
Member, International Academic Advisory Committee, The United States Studies Center, University of Sydney, Australia., 2011-2012   
 

Editorships and Editorial Boards

Associate Editor, The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, 2013-2014   
 

Professional Memberships

American Political Science Association (APSA), 2013-2014   
Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA), 2013-2014   
British International Studies Association (BISA), 2013-2014   
International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS), 2013-2014   
International Studies Association (ISA), 2013-2014   
US Committee, Council on Security Cooperation in Asia-Pacific (USCSCAP), 2013-2014   
Women in International Security (WIIS), 2013-2014   
 

Media, Alumni, and Community Relations

Event co-planner and moderator for a panel on "The US and Australian Alliance in the Asia-Paciific", part of the "G'Day USA" series., 01/14/2014  
 
 
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