Multilateral Diplomacy and the United Nations Today / Edition 2

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As the world confronts new and ongoing challenges of globalization, international terrorism and an array of other global issues, the United Nations and its key attribute-multilateral diplomacy-are more important now than ever before. With new and updated essays that detail the experiences of a diverse group of practitioners and scholars who work in the field of diplomacy, this new edition covers in even greater breadth and depth the quintessential characteristics of multilateral diplomacy as it is conducted within the United Nations framework. Multilateral Diplomacy and the United Nations Today provides valuable insights from a variety of perspectives on how diplomacy is practiced, making it essential reading for aspiring diplomats, international business leaders, and students of all levels. The contributors to this volume bring a depth and breadth of knowledge and experience to the examination of five areas of multilateral diplomacy: UN diplomacy, crisis diplomacy, international economic diplomacy, UN summits and "citizen diplomats," and non-governmental diplomacy. A thorough revision: of the 24 chapters, eight are new to this edition, and all the others are updated. Includes a diverse range of contributors: veteran diplomats, respected scholars, non-governmental activists. Relevant, timely discussion topics related to the UN. An important supplemental text to any course on the UN, contemporary international relations, diplomacy, and international organizations.

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Editorial Reviews

Particularly aimed at students and faculty involved in the Model UN, 18 contributions were written to close the gap between the understanding of issues before the UN and the actual (and less understood) diplomatic proceedings of the organization. Articles are divided into sections on crisis diplomacy and the UN Security Council, economic diplomacy, UN-sponsored summits, nongovernmental diplomacy, and future prospects. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813343105
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 1/26/2005
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

James P. Muldoon Jr. is senior fellow with the Center for Global Change and Governance, Rutgers-Newark and the author of Westview's The Architecture of Global Governance: An Introduction to the Study of International Organizations. Earl Sullivan is Provost and professor of political science at American University in Cairo and the founding adviser of the Cairo International Model United Nations and the Cairo International Model Arab League. JoAnn Fagot Aviel is Professor and Chair of the International Relations Department at San Francisco State University where she also serves as the faculty advisor of the Model United Nations program. Richard Reitano is Professor of Government at Dutchess Community College and Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

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Table of Contents

List of Acronyms
Introduction 1
1 United Nations Diplomacy: Then and Now 7
The Evolution of Multilateral Diplomacy 8
The Diplomat at the United Nations: Yesterday and Today 15
The United Nations Through the Eyes of a Russian Ambassador 35
2 Crisis Diplomacy: The Unique Role of the UN Security Council 43
The United Nations: Dealing with Threats to the Peace in the Post-Cold War Era 44
The Humanitarian Responsibilities of the UN Security Council: Ensuring the Security of People 54
Intervening to Prevent State Collapse: The Role of the United Nations 68
3 International Economic Diplomacy: Taming the Globalization Beast 79
The Challenges of the Global Economy for Post-Cold War Diplomacy 80
International Economic Diplomacy and International Organizations 87
Private-Sector Diplomats in the Global Economy: Skills for Survival 102
4 UN-Sponsored Summits and "Citizen Diplomacy" 111
Summits, Multilateral Diplomacy, and the United Nations 112
UN Conferences: Media Events or Genuine Diplomacy? 121
Citizen Diplomacy and the 1995 NPT Review and Extension Conference 136
5 Nongovernmental Diplomacy: A New Element in Multilateral Diplomacy 155
NGOs and International Affairs: A New Dimension of Diplomacy 156
NGOs and Diplomacy 167
The Common Ground Approach: A Case Study of an NGO 177
The Role of Civil Society in Twenty-First-Century Diplomacy 190
6 Prospects of Multilateral Diplomacy 201
Multilateral Diplomacy in the Post-Cold War World 202
Post-Cold War UN Diplomacy from Up Close: Inside Perspectives from an Outsider 210
Multilateral Diplomacy in a Time of "Relative" Sovereignty 222
Diplomacy in the Twenty-First Century: Civil Society Versus the State 234
Selected Bibliography 245
About the Editors and Contributors 249
Index 253
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