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. It aims at becoming a leading forum for in-depth, nonpartisan, and multidisciplinary discussions on foreign policy and innovative diplomacy.
"The Arena" is published in Hebrew and English as a quarterly magazine and an online current affairs publication. It features in-depth articles, topical essays, and op-eds by policymakers, academics, diplomats, and leading experts. Our targeted 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 published in "The Arena" are the authors' alone. They do not reflect agreement or endorsement by the "The Arena" magazine, its staff, the Abba Eban Institute for International Diplomacy, or the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.
"The Arena" Team
Ambassador Ron Prosor
Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief and New Media editor
Zohar Ben-Ezra (Intern)
Ilan Hulkower (Intern)
Michael Roelofsen (Intern)