Science Diplomacy and Emerging Technologies

Special Issue: Science Diplomacy and Emerging Technologies

New deadline for submissions: September 24, 2021 - 11:59 pm ET

The world is experiencing scientific and technological advances that will affect all aspects of our lives. These changes can help us to find solutions to our national and global challenges and offer new tools for engagement within and among societies. They also have the potential to create disruptions and threats and present new challenges for governance at the national and global level.

Science & Diplomacy is launching a call for a special issue exploring the intersection between emerging technologies and diplomacy. We seek contributions from diplomats and decision-makers, as well as scientists, scholars, and representatives of civil society and the private sector, discussing the role of science diplomacy in addressing the challenges and opportunities associated with emerging technologies.

How can the scientific, governmental, private sector, and regional and international organizations work together to guarantee the ethical and wise management of technology for the benefit of all? What innovative actions have countries taken to engage with citizens, promote their national interests, and ensure their diplomats are ready to deal with new technologies? What is the state of international negotiations and cooperation to prevent security threats related to emerging technologies? How can we stop misinformation via social media? We look forward to contributions that focus on questions like these and address the nexus between diplomacy, governance, and the following non-exhaustive list of technology-related topics:

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Gene editing and synthetic biology
  • Cybersecurity
  • Net neutrality and internet freedom
  • Social media and digital diplomacy
  • The impact of technology on international negotiations
  • Privacy, data management, and big data
  • Cloud computing
  • Open-source software
  • Quantum technology
  • E-economy and the evolution of trade
  • Automation and robotics
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Drones and autonomous weapons

We welcome manuscripts from diplomats, policymakers, private sector pioneers, scholars, and others working at this intersection across the globe, but encourage submissions from underrepresented groups and/or from the Global South.

Acceptable manuscripts: Perspectives (up to 900 words) and research-based articles (up to 2,500 words). Perspectives must be essays that propose an innovative idea and/or action from a unique angle, substantiated by facts, not just opinions. Articles will be peer-reviewed.

Submission period: June 10 – September 24, 2021.

Manuscripts must follow Chicago Manual of Style for their citations. 

If you have any questions or want to know if your idea is suitable for a submission, please write to

To submit: Send the manuscript as a Word attachment to with "Special Issue: Emerging Technologies" as subject.