Beastly Diplomacy

Published: 4 Oct 2016

Even if beastly iconography has been pervasive in international politics, the study of diplomacy has traditionally focused solely on man as a political animal. Animals in diplomacy have been treated as a curiosity. This article stakes a claim for a more serious engagement with beastly diplomacy, arguing that animals matter through their ontic status; by representing states; as diplomatic subjects; and as objects of diplomacy. The article places particular emphasis on how animals are a special kind of diplomatic gift, with a variety of meanings and functions. Taking animals seriously implies a rethinking of both the process and the outcomes of diplomacy.

  • Published year: 2016
  • DOI: 10.1163/1871191X-12341355
  • Language: Engelsk
  • Pages: 1 - 23
  • Volume: 12
  • Booklet: 2
  • Journal: The Hague Journal of Diplomacy