Jan Melissen is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Charhar Institute in Beijing. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’ in Hague, and Professor of Diplomacy at the University of Antwerp (Belgium). He held various management positions at the Clingendael Institute (2001-12) and was previously affiliated with the University of Leicester in the UK. He has been a Visiting Scholar at China’s Foreign Affairs University and he collaborates with various leading Chinese institutions in the field of diplomatic studies. Professor Melissen is currently working with several European governments on change and innovation in diplomatic practice. He is founding co-editor of The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, editor of the Diplomatic Studies book series with Brill Nijhoff, and he is on the editorial board of various international journals. His current research projects are on diplomacy in the digital age, trends in network diplomacy, foreign ministries, diplomacy and citizen security, and public diplomacy in East Asia. His most recent co-edited books are: Understanding Public Diplomacy in East Asia (Palgrave Macmillan, Sept. 2015), European Public Diplomacy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), Consular Affairs and Diplomacy (Martinus Nijhoff, 2011), Economic Diplomacy (Martinus Nijhoff, 2011), and Public Diplomacy and Soft Power in East Asia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). His work: The New Public Diplomacy (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2005/7) has editions in four languages. In China he recently published in International Politics Quarterly (2012), Public Diplomacy Quarterly (2013), the China International Strategy Review (2013) and the Global Review (2014), as well in various Chinese media.