The New Dynamics of Multilateralism: Diplomacy, International Organizations, and Global Governance

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This timely new book focuses on multilateral diplomacy as it relates to global issues, global governance, and global institutions. Invited authorities, including academics, business people, and members of international groups, contribute original essays on how diplomacy as an institution and a profession has been affected by globalization, the rise of civil society and global business, emerging economic and political conditions, and new threats to peace and security in the world. Emphasizing practical applications over theoretical foundations, The New Dynamics of Multilateralism helps students understand how the practice of multilateral diplomacy has been influenced by the changes in the processes and procedures of international organizations and how diplomacy contributes to the transformation of the international system of governance and the transition to an emerging new global order.
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“While your computer spell-checker still does not like the term, ‘multilateralism’ has moved from the periphery to the mainstream of foreign policy concerns by major and minor powers alike. The New Dynamics of Multilateralism is essential reading for all serious students of world politics and global governance.”
Prof. Thomas G. Weiss, The CUNY Graduate Center

“This is a comprehensive and compelling account of multilateralism and its changing role in the conduct of diplomacy, the operations of international institutions, and the construction of patterns of regional and global governance. The editors showcase diverse theoretical perspectives on multilateralism and the practical experiences of those who have actually been engaged in it. In so doing, they provide us with a volume that is both accessible to students and indispensible to scholars and practitioners alike as they seek to come to grips with the shifting shape of world politics in the 21st century.”
Paul Sharp, Professor and Head of Political Science, University of Minnesota, Duluth

“The book takes a multilayered approach to assessing the recent evolution of multilateralism. It is essential to look into the new dynamics of multilateralism by examining the roles of states, NGOs, and the secretariats of international organizations and how they interact. The book does this extremely well, and is very useful reading.”
Jean-Marc Coicaud, Director, United Nations University Office at the United Nations in New York

“This book is an important addition to the growing body of literature and commentary on the changing nature of multilateralism, and is particularly valuable for its description and analysis of the expanding role of non-state actors in helping to ‘govern’ the globe. It points to nothing less than a fundamentally new understanding of the capacity—or limits thereof—of the modern state to speak and act on behalf of its citizens.”
John Monahan, Executive Director, The Mosaic Institute

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813344812
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 8/31/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

James P. Muldoon, Jr. , is senior fellow with the Center for Global Change and Governance at Rutgers University–Newark. He is author of The Architecture of Global Governance: An Introduction to the Study of International Organizations (Westview Press) and coeditor of Multilateral Diplomacy and the United Nations Today (Westview Press).

JoAnn Fagot Aviel is professor of international relations at San Francisco University where she also serves as the faculty advisor of the Model United Nations program. She is coeditor of and contributor to Multilateral Diplomacy and the United Nations Today (Westview Press).

Richard Reitano is emeritus professor of government at Dutchess Community College and adjunct professor of political science at Poughkeepsie New York. He is also president of the Board of Directors of the National Collegiate Conference Association, sponsor of the annual National Model United Nations simulations in New York and Washington, and coeditor of and contributor to Multilateral Diplomacy and the United Nations Today (Westview Press).

Earl Sullivan is provost and professor emeritus of political science at American University Cairo and during most of 2010 interim president of the American University Kuwait. He is the author of The Contemporary Study of the Arab World Alberta Press and coeditor of and contributor to Multilateral Diplomacy and the United Nations Today (Westview Press).

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Part 1 The Mechanics of Multilateralism: Past and Present

Introduction James P. Muldoon, Jr. 3

1 Norms and Diplomacy: The Diplomatic Underpinnings of Multilateralism Geoffrey Wiseman 5

2 Systemic Change, International Organizations, and the Evolution of Multilateralism Michael G. Schechter 23

3 Multilateralism Today and Its Contribution to Global Governance Andreas Kruck Volker Rittberger 43

Part 2 The Role of State Actors in Twenty-First Century Diplomacy

Introduction Richard Reitano 69

4 Unplanned Obsolescence? The Future of the State in a Multilateral World Joseph H. Melrose J. Andrew Melrose 73

5 The Challenge of "Rogue States" for a Troubled International Community Stephen R. Rock 89

6 Global Terrorism, Nuclear Proliferation, and Genocide: The Threats Posed to States and Global Stability Donna M. Schlagheck 103

7 Challenges to the Global Economy: Can the State Fix Them? David A. Kennett 115

8 Explaining State Responses to Human Rights Timothy Longman Natalie Zähringer 129

Part 3 The Role of Nonstate Actors: Essential or Incidental to Global Governance?

Introduction JoAnn Fagot Aviel 151

9 The Role of Humanitarian NGOs in Multilateral Diplomacy Peter D. Bell Sherine S. Jayawickrama 155

10 Human Rights Advocacy in Global Governance: A Case Study of Human Rights Watch Carroll Bogert 169

11 Seven Steps to Influencing Multilateral Environmental Negotiations: A Case Study on Invasive Species and the Convention on Biological Diversity Stanley W. Burgiel 183

12 The Private Sector and the Business of Global Governance Stephen Jordan Taryn Bird 197

13 Private Foundations and Multilateral Diplomacy Joan E. Spero 207

Part 4 The Role of International Secretariats

Introduction Earl Sullivan 227

14 International Secretariats: Diplomats or Civil Servants? John Mathiason 237

15 Multilateral Diplomacy and the United Nations: Global Governance Venue or Actor Ramesh Thakur 249

16 The Diplomacy of Specialized Agencies: High Food Prices and the World Food Program Henk-Jan Brinkman Masood Hyder 267

Part 5 Reflections on the New Dynamics of Multilateralism

17 A Realist's Argument for Multilateral Diplomacy Earl Sullivan 285

18 The Role of Nonstate Actors JoAnn Fagot Aviel 297

19 Power, the State, Multilateral Diplomacy, and Global Governance Richard Reitano 317

20 Multilateralism's New Mix: Implications for Diplomacy, International Organizations, and Global Governance James P. Muldoon, Jr. 333

About the Editors 345

About the Contributors 347

Index 353

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