Both diplomacy and international relations are European constructs, products of the specific contingencies of European history. They dominate global governance not because they are universal concepts, but because of the domination firstly of European powers and then the U.S. As U.S. hegemony declines and a more genuinely multipolar world system emerges, will alternative approaches to diplomacy and global governance also emerge?
Shaun Riordan asks, "As U.S. hegemony declines and a more genuinely multipolar world system emerges, will alternative approaches to diplomacy and global governance also emerge?"
Shaun Riordan revisits his earlier blog post and attempts to quantify what qualifies as diplomatic behavior.
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Katharina Höne challenges Shaun Riordan's recent blog about the threat of "new diplomacies".
In a recent CPD Blog post, Shaun Riordan appeals to us to "stop inventing 'new diplomacies'" and argues that "we must end the obsession with creating new 'types' of diplomacy." [...] Should we, as scholars and practitioners of diplomacy, be concerned? [...] Rather than a categorical rejection, the proper response is to sharpen our intellectual tools and get to work.
Shaun Riordan on how creating more subsets of diplomacy can lead to confusion about what diplomacy actually is.
The new edition of Bruce's List features works from the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, James Pamment, Condoleezza Rice, and more.