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The days in which a state's foreign policy and diplomacy were conducted predominantly by a centralized government body - most often the foreign ministry - are gone and not likely to return. Diplomacy now takes place everywhere and appears in many shapes and forms - in “Tweets,” in judicial decisions, and in the work done by NGOs, to list a few examples.

In the complex and globally connected world of the Twenty-First century, numerous governmental and non-governmental actors are involved in states’ foreign affairs. As these actors operate simultaneously in a virtual arena, each of them potentially holds immense power to influence the formulation of foreign policy and the making of diplomacy.

What is the appropriate role for these actors? What are the institutional arrangements that can properly incentivize them to cooperate effectively? How should countries cope with the rise of powerful non-state actors, and with processes such as the widespread use of social networks and the recent resurgence of nationalism in many regions of the world? And how do these developments influence the daunting mission of Israel’s formal and informal diplomats?

These and other timely issues of foreign policy are rigorously analyzed in “The Arena” - Diplomacy and Foreign Relations Magazine, founded in 2018 by the Abba Eban Institute for International Diplomacy at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, which also publishes the magazine.


“The Arena” is a leading platform for academic and public discussions on international relations, foreign policy and innovative diplomacy. It is published in Hebrew and English as a quarterly magazine which offers in-depth articles and analysis, alongside op-eds and commentary on current affairs, by leading experts. Our readership includes policymakers, academics in the fields of foreign affairs, political science, national security, law, and economics, journalists and commentators, students, and the general public.

The views and opinions expressed in the articles and op-eds published in "The Arena" magazine are the authors' alone. They do not reflect agreement or endorsement by the "The Arena," its staff, the Abba Eban Institute for International Diplomacy, or the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.


“The Arena” makes use of photos in the public domain and those published under Creative Commons licenses, or those it buys under license. We make every effort to comply with these licenses' terms and conditions, and to provide credit as required. If you have found an error, please contact us and we will make sure to correct it.


"The Arena" Magazine is published by the Abba Eban Institute for International Diplomacy at the IDC Herzliya.


Abba Eban Institute Chairman

Ambassador Prof. Ron Prosor

Abba Eban Institute Executive Director

Goor Tsalalyachin

"The Arena" Editor-in-Chief

Oded Raanan

"The Arena" Executive Editor

Elad Gil, SJD

"The Arena" Team

Dr. Gedaliah Afternman

Raffi Shamir

Lea Landman

Daniel Cohen

Lital Shochat-Chertow

Gal Spiner-Abramovich