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Multilateral Conferences: Purposeful International Negotiation

Multilateral Conferences: Purposeful International Negotiation

by R. WalkerR. Walker


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From the UN Security Council and the European Union's Council of Ministers to obscure committees on food labelling or the scheduling of World Fairs, several thousand multilateral conferences are held each year. Why do governments deploy so much effort in these activities? What goes on behind the scenes at these meetings? How are their outcomes determined and what are the real-world consequences? Ronald A. Walker reveals the inner workings of such conferences, the result-oriented strategies that are pursued behind a façade of formal ritual and their impact on the behaviour of sovereign states.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781403933218
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 05/25/2004
Series: Studies in Diplomacy and International Relations
Edition description: 2004
Pages: 281
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(d)

About the Author

RONALD A. WALKER has participated in well over a hundred multilateral conferences during his 37 years as a diplomat, in every capacity from junior bag-carrier to presiding officer. He was twice Ambassador to the UN and was Chairman of the Board of the International Atomic Energy Agency. He now teaches Diplomacy and International Relations from a practitioner's perspective.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Glossary of Acronyms and Jargon Introduction PART I: THE CONTEXT Governments and Committees The Purposes of Multilateralism Influence on Governments International Organizations Multilateral Diplomacy PART II: PROCESS AND STRATEGY Purposes of Multilateral Conferences Delegations The Format of Multilateral Conferences The Products of Multilateral Conferences Decision-Making Processes Negotiation Delegation Management Conference Management National Styles PART III: EVALUATION The Worth of Multilateral Conferences Notes

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