Catastrophe and Conflict

Disaster Diplomacy and Its Foreign Policy Implications


Catastrophe and Conflict: Disaster Diplomacy and Its Foreign Policy Implications examines how and why disaster-related activities (disaster response and disaster risk reduction) do and do not lead to diplomatic endeavours. With respect to foreign policy implications, the main question examined here is: Under what circumstances could disaster diplomacy be actively made to succeed or not to succeed? Previous case studies are summarised followed by new case studies of disease diplomacy and climate change diplomacy. From the case studies, disaster diplomacy could succeed when those in power decide that they want it to succeed and then use their power for that goal. This situation is not likely to arise because of only disaster-related activities. Instead, pre-existing interests supporting diplomacy are needed.

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Ilan Kelman, PhD (2003), University of Cambridge, is a Reader in Risk, Resilience and Global Health at University College London, England and a Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Oslo. His work, publications, and public engagement can be followed through and Twitter @IlanKelman.
1. Prologue: Oceans Apart
2. Introduction
3. Theorising Disaster and Diplomacy
3.1. Hazard and Vulnerability
3.2. Disaster Scales
3.3. Political Causes of Vulnerability
3.4. Addressing Political Causes through Disaster Risk Reduction
3.5 Theorising Diplomacy in the Context of Disaster-Related Activities
4. Theorising Disaster Diplomacy
4.1. Previous Disaster Diplomacy Examples
4.2. Disaster Diplomacy: What Is Success?
4.3. Theoretical Notions: Intentionality and Foreseeability
4.4. Ethical Implications
5. Case Study: Disease Diplomacy
5.1. Disease Eradication
5.2. Vaccine Diplomacy
5.3. Health Interventions as Foreign Policy
6. Case Study: Climate Change Diplomacy
6.1. Climate Change: A Creeping Environmental Change
6.2. Mitigation and Adaptation as Disaster Diplomacy Processes
6.3. Climate Change Diplomacy and Migration
7. Disaster Diplomacy for Connecting Policy Makers and Researchers
7.1. Disaster Diplomacy Processes
7.2. Policy Maker Lessons
7.3. Future Research Agenda
8. Epilogue: The Future of Disaster Diplomacy Influencing Foreign Policy
8.1. Bringing Together Aceh and Sri Lanka
8.2. The Meaning of Disaster Diplomacy for Foreign Policy
Diplomatic scholars, international relations analysts, graduate and undergraduate students of international affairs, foreign policy decision-makers, international NGOs, practitioners, and educators in diplomatic academies.
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