For this special issue of Diplomatica we invite proposals for essays on aspects of diplomacy’s relationship to the natural environment. Essays may cover any historical period up to the present-day. The central questions that this special issue poses are: 

  • How does the natural environment condition, cause, or complicate diplomatic action? 
  • How does diplomacy affect relations between humanity and nature? 
  • How has ‘nature’ been used in theory and in practice to further or cast into question diplomatic relations?

Possible topics include:

  • Plant, animal, and mineral specimens as objects and/or subjects of diplomatic exchange;
  • The relationship of concepts and/or metaphors of natural order, the state of nature, etc. to diplomacy;
  • Negotiations relating to the environment, climate change, conservation, etc.;
  • Visual, literary, musical, and cinematic depictions of nature in diplomatic contexts;