With contributions from scholars and practitioners, this volume focuses on the practical applications of multilateralism and how global issues, governance, and institutions are changing the practice and character of diplomacy.
This timely new book focuses on the various dynamics of contemporary multilateralism 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 multilateralism as an institution 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 the role of multilateralism in the transformation of the international system of governance and the transition to an emerging new global order.
Muldoon is Senior Fellow with the Center for Global Change and Governance, Rutgers-Newark.
Preface PART ONE THE MECHANICS OF MULTILATERALISM: PAST AND PRESENT Introduction James P. Muldoon, Jr. 1 Norms and Diplomacy: The Diplomatic Underpinnings of Multilateralism Geoffrey Wiseman 2 Systemic Change, International Organizations, and the Evolution of Multilateralism Michael G. Schechter 3 Multilateralism Today and Its Contribution to Global Governance Andreas Kruck and Volker Rittberger PART TWO THE ROLE OF STATE ACTORS IN TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY DIPLOMACY Introduction Richard Reitano 4 Unplanned Obsolescence? The Future of the State in a Multilateral World Joseph H. Melrose and J. Andrew Melrose 5 The Challenge of "Rogue States" for a Troubled International Community Stephen R. Rock 6 Global Terrorism, Nuclear Proliferation, and Genocide: The Threats Posed to States and Global Stability Donna M. Schlagheck 7 Challenges to the Global Economy: Can the State Fix Them? David A. Kennett 8 Explaining State Responses to Human Rights Timothy Longman and Natalie Zahringer PART THREE THE ROLE OF NONSTATE ACTORS: ESSENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL TO GLOBAL GOVERNANCE? Introduction JoAnn Fagot Aviel 9 The Role of Humanitarian NGOs in Multilateral Diplomacy Peter D. Bell and Sherine S. Jayawickrama 10 Human Rights Advocacy in Global Governance: A Case Study of Human Rights Watch Carroll Bogert 11 Seven Steps to Influencing Multilateral Environmental Negotiations: A Case Study on Invasive Species and the Convention on Biological Diversity Stanley W. Burgiel 12 The Private Sector and the Business of Global Governance Stephen Jordan and Taryn Bird 13 Private Foundations and Multilateral Diplomacy Joan E. Spero PART FOUR THE ROLE OF INTERNATIONAL SECRETARIATS Introduction Earl Sullivan 14 International Secretariats: Diplomats or Civil Servants? John Mathiason 15 Multilateral Diplomacy and the United Nations: Global Governance Venue or Actor Ramesh Thakur 16 The Diplomacy of Specialized Agencies: High Food Prices and the World Food Program Henk-Jan Brinkman and Masood Hyder PART FIVE REFLECTIONS ON THE NEW DYNAMICS OF MULTILATERALISM 17 A Realist's Argument for Multilateral Diplomacy Earl Sullivan 18 The Role of Nonstate Actors JoAnn Fagot Aviel 19 Power, the State, Multilateral Diplomacy, and Global Governance Richard Reitano 20 Multilateralism's New Mix: Implications for Diplomacy, International Organizations, and Global Governance James P. Muldoon, Jr. About the Editors About the Contributors Index
"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 main value of the book lies in how it 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
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