is Íslenska en English

Lokaverkefni (Meistara)

Háskóli Íslands > Félagsvísindasvið > Meistaraprófsritgerðir - Félagsvísindasvið >

Vinsamlegast notið þetta auðkenni þegar þið vitnið til verksins eða tengið í það: http://hdl.handle.net/1946/46093

Titill: 
  • Titill er á ensku Ambassador with a Niche: Exploring the Development and Effectiveness of a Niche in Diplomacy using the Practice Turn in International Relations
  • Sendiherra með sérstöðu: Skoðun á þróun og gildi sérstöðu í diplómasíu útfrá iðkunarkenningu í alþjóðasamskiptum
Námsstig: 
  • Meistara
Útdráttur: 
  • Útdráttur er á ensku

    This thesis explores the motivation, development, and effectiveness behind a niche in diplomacy using the practice turn in international relations (PTIR). It intends to shed light on what is a niche, and why an ambassador would develop such a tool while posted abroad. It also explores if social and cultural contexts play a role in shaping their diplomatic practices. From a theoretical point of view of PTIR and literature on diplomacy it discerns if an ambassador that has a niche fit with what is considered practise. Niche diplomacy is a concept when states specialize their work to concentrate resources on a topic to best deliver a return. In this thesis I suggest that ambassadors develop a niche to do the same, to get noticed and have influence. For this purpose, I interviewed six ambassadors from the Global North both politically appointed and career diplomats at various stages in their career. The ambassadors each had a different path to finding their niche, but analysis of the interviews showed that they all shared a passion for the topic of their niche and most of them connect it to their home state foreign policy. General awareness of the niche in the host state had a positive impact on knowledge of the ambassadors themselves within the government system. A successful niche can also engage new audiences and spark interest in the state that in turn can help with the public perception of a state. From the perspective of PTIR I suggest that the ambassadors are perhaps on the cusp of a codification. They are finding a new practise where embassies are set apart in the host state by their work and contribution not only the states size, while their home state still values the expert knowledge and person-to-person connections that their niche further enhances. I also find that although the ambassadors practise fits with the main parts of an PTIR analytical tool there was not a linear process to finding or developing a niche.

Samþykkt: 
  • 10.1.2024
URI: 
  • http://hdl.handle.net/1946/46093


Skrár
Skráarnafn Stærð AðgangurLýsingSkráartegund 
MA ritgerð Alþjóðasamskipti Sunna Gunnars Marteinsdóttir.pdf816.28 kBOpinnHeildartextiPDFSkoða/Opna
Skemman_yfirlysing.pdf165.08 kBLokaðurYfirlýsingPDF