Prof Corneliu Bjola

Associate Professor of Diplomatic Studies

Corneliu Bjola received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto (2007) and previously taught at McMaster University and the University of Toronto. He was a research fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a Visiting Fellow at the Australian Defense Force Academy (2012) and China Foreign Affairs University (2016).

Bjola’s general research interests lie at the intersection of diplomatic studies, negotiation theory, international ethics, and crisis management. He is the recipient of the 2014 OxTALENT award for enhancing students' learning experience using social media apps awarded by the Oxford Committee on Teaching and Learning Enhanced with Technology.

He has authored or edited five books, including the recent co-edited volumes on Secret Diplomacy: Concepts, Contexts and Cases (Routledge 2016), and Digital Diplomacy: Theory and Practice (Routledge, 2015). His work has been published in Global Affairs, European Journal of International Relations, International Negotiation, Review of International Studies, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Global Policy, Journal of Global Ethics and The Hague Journal of Diplomacy.

Bjola is co-editor of the book series on 'New Diplomatic Studies' with Routledge and Editor-in-Chief of the new journal Diplomacy and Foreign Policy.

His current research focusses on the role of symbolic representations as projections of diplomatic power.

Research
Teaching
Publications
News
In the media
Digital diaspora diplomacy
research_project
51
Managing societal threats in the digital age: the case of propaganda and violent extremism
research_project
51
Oxford Digital Diplomacy Research Group
research_project
51

Corneliu Bjola teaches the Foundation Course in International Diplomacy for the MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy as well as offering options on Diplomatic Management of International Crises and Diplomacy and International Law.

Research Students supervised

Sabrina Brandt
Research Student
Jennifer Cassidy
Research Student
Ilan Manor
Research Student
Lucie Qian Xia
Research Student

Books and monographs

Bjola, Corneliu (with Stuart Murray) (eds) (2016) 'Secret Diplomacy: Concepts, Contexts and Cases', London: Routledge
Bjola, Corneliu (with Marcus Holmes) (eds) (2015) 'Digital Diplomacy: Theory and Practice', London and New York: Routledge
Bjola, Corneliu (with M Kornprobst) (2013) 'Understanding International Diplomacy: Theory, Practice and Ethics', London and New York: Routledge
Bjola, Corneliu (with M Kornprobst) (eds) (2010) 'Arguing Global Governance: Agency, Lifeworld, and Shared Reasoning', London and New York: Routledge
Bjola, Corneliu (2009) 'Legitimating the Use of Force in International Politics: Kosovo, Iraq and the Ethics of Intervention', London and New York: Routledge (Monograph)

Journal articles and special issues

Bjola, Corneliu (2016) 'Getting digital diplomacy right: What quantum theory can teach us about measuring impact?', C Bjola (ed) Forum on 'Digital Diplomacy: State of the Art' Global Affairs 2 (3)
Bjola, Corneliu (with J Pamment) (2016) 'Digital Containment: Revisting Containment Strategy in the Digital Age', Global Affairs 2 (2)
Bjola, Corneliu (2015) 'Diplomacy as World Disclosure: A Fractal Theory of Crisis Management', British Journal of Politics and International Relations
Bjola, Corneliu (2015) 'How to use Momentum Analysis to Explain and Forecast the Outcome of International Negotiations?', International Negotiation 20 (2) 319-49
Bjola, Corneliu (2014) 'Understanding Enmity and Friendship in World Politics: The Case for a Diplomatic Approach', The Hague Journal of Diplomacy 8 (1) 1-20
Bjola, Corneliu (2014) 'Negotiation Breakthrough Analysis: The Case of Climate Negotiations', International Negotiation 19 (1) 127-53
Bjola, Corneliu (2013) 'The Ethics of Secret Diplomacy: A Contextual Approach', Journal of Global Ethics 10 (1) 85-100
Bjola, Corneliu (2013) 'Keeping the Arctic 'Cold': The Rise of Plurilateral Diplomacy?', Global Policy 4 (4) 347-58
Bjola, Corneliu (2008) 'Legitimacy and the Use of Force: Bridging the Legal-Moral Divide', Review of International Studies 34(4) 627-44
Bjola, Corneliu (with M Kornprobst) (2007) 'Understanding Dissonance in Security Communities: Germany and the United States on Iraq', Review of International Studies 33(2) 285-305
Bjola, Corneliu (2005) 'Legitimating the Use of Force in International Relations: A Communicative Action Perspective', European Journal of International Relations 11(2) 266-303
Bjola, Corneliu (2002) 'NATO Enlargement between Promises and Reality: Cooperation and Stability in Central and Eastern Europe', Southeast European Politics 3 (2-3)
Bjola, Corneliu (2002) 'Moving the Signpost: Good Governance and Development in the Context of Public Access to Information', Romanian Journal of European Affairs 2 (2) 42-60
Bjola, Corneliu (2001) 'Party System Formation and Coalition Building Patterns in Romania', Romanian Journal of Society and Politics 1 (2)

Chapters

Bjola, Corneliu (forthcoming) 'Morality and Diplomacy'. In Gordon Martel (ed) Encyclopedia of Diplomacy , Wiley-Blackwell
Bjola, Corneliu (forthcoming) 'Diplomatic Ethics'. In C Constantinou, P Kerr, and P Sharp (eds) SAGE Handbook of Diplomacy , London: SAGE
Bjola, Corneliu (2016) 'The Theory and Practice of Secret Diplomacy'. In Corneliu Bjola & Stuart Murray (eds) Secret Diplomacy: Concepts, Contexts and Cases , London and New York: Routledge
Bjola, Corneliu (2015) 'Digital Diplomacy as Change Management'. In C Bjola, M Holmes (eds) Digital Diplomacy: Theory and Practice , London and New York: Routledge
Bjola, Corneliu (with Lu Jiang) (2015) 'Social Media and Public Diplomacy: A Comparative Analysis of the Digital Diplomatic Strategies of the EU, US and Japan in China'. In C Bjola, M Holmes (eds) Digital Diplomacy: Theory and Practice , London and New York: Routledge
Bjola, Corneliu (2014) 'Global Governance'. In D Rowe (ed) Achieving Sustainability: Visions, Principles, and Practices , New York: Macmillan Reference USA
Bjola, Corneliu (with M Kornprobst) (2010) 'Introduction: The Argumentative Deontology of Global Governance'. In C Bjola, M Kornprobst (eds) Arguing Global Governance: Agency, Lifeworld, and Shared Reasoning pp 1-15 , London and New York: Routledge
Bjola, Corneliu (2010) 'The Power of the Public Sphere: (Anti)diplomacy and Crisis Management Within Security Communities'. In C Bjola, M Kornprobst (eds) Arguing Global Governance: Agency, Lifeworld, and Shared Reasoning pp 194-209 , London and New York: Routledge
Bjola, Corneliu (2005) 'European Integration and the Politics of Commitment: The Case of Romania'. In A Skuhra (ed) EU - Eastern Enlargement , Innsbruck: Studieverlag
Bjola, Corneliu (2004) 'Bringing Legitimacy Back in International Politics: The Use of Forced after the Cold War'. In A Howell (ed) Governance and Global (Dis)orders: Trends Transformations and Impasses , Toronto: York Centre for International Security Studies
Bjola, Corneliu (2001) 'Collective Identity, Irony, and European Integration'. In John Micgiel (ed) Democracy and Integration in an Enlarging Europe , New York: Institute for the Study of Europe at Columbia University
29 March, 2017
ODID's digital diplomacy researchers recognised in #SODD16 review
02 December, 2016
ODID researchers co-host workshop on Twitter diplomacy at UN Office in Geneva
01 November, 2016
New article by Corneliu Bjola examines how to measure impact of digital diplomacy
06 April, 2016
Secret diplomacy - concepts, contexts and cases: new book co-edited by Corneliu Bjola
07 April, 2015
New book: Digital Diplomacy Co-edited by Corneliu Bjola
11 June, 2014
Corneliu Bjola Wins OxTALENT Award for Use of Social Media in Teaching
06 June, 2014
New Blog Post: Corneliu Bjola on Secret Diplomacy
27 March, 2014
New Blog Post: Corneliu Bjola on Predicting Climate Change Negotiation Outcomes
01 November, 2013
Global Governance & Diplomacy Public Speaker Series - Peter Dauvergne Interview
07 February, 2013
BLOG: Corneliu Bjola on the Governance Gap in the Arctic Region

Pages

22 Apr, 2017
'Re-crafting the Israeli digital narrative'. Corneliu Bjola, Ilan Manor write for Jerusalem Post
07 Apr, 2017
'Diplomacy in the digital age'. Corneliu Bjola interviewed by Lithuanian co-project with The Economist, IQ
09 Feb, 2017
'Why is Denmark creating the world's first digital embassy to deal with Google, Facebook and other technology giants?'. Corneliu Bjola comments for BBC Mundo
17 Jan, 2017
'Generous friend or reckless bully: Sushma Swaraj’s Twitter diplomacy is a dangerous tightrope walk'. Corneliu Bjola and Ilan Manor quoted in Quartz on Indian Foreign Minister's twiplomatic controversy over Amazon
Research interests:

Digital diplomacy; cultural diplomacy, secret/back-channel diplomacy; diplomatic crisis management; diplomatic ethics; negotiation breakthrough analysis; EU diplomacy.