Type
Article
Titre
Ethnic Diversity in the Recruitment of Diplomats: Why MFAs Take the Issue Seriously
Dans
The Hague journal of diplomacy
Auteur(s)
LEQUESNE Christian - Centre de recherches internationales (Auteur)
CASTILLO Gabriel - Centre de recherches internationales (Auteur)
HOLM Minda - Norwegian Institute of International Relations (NUPI) (Auteur)
JUMBLATT BIN ABDULLAH Walid - Nanyang Technological University (Auteur)
LEIRA Halvard - Norwegian Institute of International Relations (NUPI) (Auteur)
TIWARY Kamna - Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) (Auteur)
WONG Reuben - National University of Singapore (NUS) (Auteur)
Éditeur
NL : Martinus Nijhoff Publishers
Volume
15
Numéro
1
Pages
1 - 23 p.
ISSN
18711901
Mots clés
affirmative action, foreign services, diplomats, diplomatic practice, ethnic diversity, ministries of foreign affairs (MFAs), public diplomacy
Résumé
EN
Diversity and its management have become an issue in all organisations. Ministries of foreign affairs (MFAs) do not escape the issue. In the 2000s, states decided to consider more ethnic diversity in the recruitment of their diplomats. In some countries, this new goal requires affirmative action programs. This article is based on three case studies. The first case study analyses two Western countries — France and Norway — where MFAs have to reflect the diversity of immigration in their societies. The second case study analyses the case of Brazil, a country where the legacy of slavery still causes discrimination in the recruitment of diplomats. The third case study analyses ethnic diversity in the MFAs of India and Singapore, which recognise multiculturalism or multiracialism. The study draws five comparative conclusions to generalise on why MFAs in the world cannot escape the challenge of ethnic diversity in their recruitment policy.

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