Welcome to the Diplomatic Capacity Index
Tracking Global Investments in Diplomacy

The Diplomatic Capacity Index (DPI) measures the diplomatic resources that countries draw on to exercise influence on the global stage: their diplomatic infrastructure, access, leverageable advantages and global standing. By tracking the contents of the diplomat’s toolbox, the DCI offers policymakers and analysts a new baseline for assessing countries’ foreign relations and for directing resources to future diplomatic efforts. Through the index, users will be able to compare national diplomatic capacity with military and economic capacities for the first time.

The DPI currently comprises 80 indicators and three years of data for 30 countries to demonstrate the conceptual and technical potential of the project. With further financial support, by 2023 the DPI team aims to produce a full index of 193 countries as an annual ranking presented on a website and published as a report that visualizes the data and provides context for policymaking and academic audiences.


The Public Diplomacy of Other Countries: Implications for the United States

Comptroller General, 1979


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Comparing Global Influence

Congressional Research Service, 2008


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Domestic Determinants of Foreign Policy in the EU and US

Center for Transatlantic Relations

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Soft Power 30 (Index)



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State Department Comprehensive Annual Report on Public Diplomacy and International Broadcasting 



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Fragile States Index

Fund for Peace, 2018


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Global Peace Index

Institute for Economics & Peace, 2018


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Positive Peace Index

Institute for Economics & Peace, 2017


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Global Diplomacy Index

Lowy Institute

2016 Report

2017 Report

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Asia Power Index

Lowy Institute, 2018


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Roundtable 3

12:00pm - 2:00pm

Rome 812

RSVP to dschugg1@jhu.edu

Agenda Forthcoming

Other Resources

Rosa Brooks, "An Elegy for American Diplomacy," Chicago Tribune/Washington Post, May 21, 2018.

"Diplomacy in a Time of Scarcity," American Academy of Diplomacy, October 2012.

Daniel S. Hamilton and Teija Tiilikainen, Editors, Domestic Determinants of  Foreign Policy in the European Union and the United StatesCenter for Transatlantic Relations, 2018.

Alex Karagiannis, "Straight Talk on Diplomatic Capacity," The Foreign Service Journal, May 2018.

Daniel Markey, "Developing India's Foreign Policy Software," Asia Policy, No. 8 (July 2009), 73-96.

Uzra Zeya, "Trump is Making American Diplomacy White Again," Politico, September 17, 2018.