Geoffrey WisemanProfessor of the Practice of International Relations
Phone: (213) 740-2136
Office: VKC 330
Dr. Wiseman is Professor of the Practice of International Relations at the University of Southern California. In 2008-09, he was director of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy. 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 nonproliferation and disarmament. 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 been the Ford Foundation’s program officer for international peace and security, 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. His publications include Concepts of Non-Provocative Defence: Ideas and Practices in International Security. 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 forthcoming book on American Diplomacy (Brill). He is currently co-editing a textbook (with Pauline Kerr) entitled Diplomacy in a Globalizing World: Theories and Practices. His recent articles have been on "Polylateralism: Diplomacy's Third Dimension" and on "Distinguishing Characteristics of American Diplomacy" (December 2011). He has recently written book chapters on "Engaging the Enemy: An Essential Norm for Sustainable US Diplomacy"; "Norms and Diplomacy: The Diplomatic Underpinnings of Multilateralism; and "Diplomacy".
- B.A. Political Science, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia, 1973
- M.A. Political Science, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 1975
- M.Phil. International Relations, University of Oxford, 1988
- Ph.D. International Relations, University of Oxford, 1997
- Principal Officer, Strategic Planning Unit, Executive Office of the Secretary-General, United Nations, New York City, 2006-2007
- USC Center on Public Diplomacy, University Fellow
- 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.
- 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.
- Wiseman, G. (2011). Theorizing Diplomacy and Diplomats on Their Own Terms. International Studies Review. pp. 348–350.
- Wiseman, G. (2011). Bringing Diplomacy Back In: Time for Theory to Catch up with Practice. pp. 710-713. International Studies Review.
- 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.
- Paul Sharp and Geoffrey Wiseman (Ed.). (2011). American Diplomacy. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers/Brill.
- Member, International Advisory Board, Asia Pacific College of Diplomacy, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia., 2011-2012
- Associate Editor, The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, 2012-2013
Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History
Description of Research
Summary Statement of Research Interests
Professor Wiseman's book on non-provocative defense examines how states convey non-threatening intentions by adopting defensive military capabilities. Professor Wiseman has also published on Asia-Pacific regional security and on the concept of diplomatic culture. His recent publications include an article on the distinctive characteristics of American diplomacy, book chapters on multilateralism and on engaging adversarial states, a co-authored textbook chapter on diplomacy, a co-edited volume on American diplomacy, and a co-edited textbook on diplomacy in a globalizing world, .
diplomacy, diplomatic theory, adversarial states, international security, Asia-Pacific
1. Diplomatic theory and practice. 2. International security, including U.S. foreign and security policy. 3. Asia-Pacific regional security, including Australia.
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