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, the reader learns how and why the Japanese government uses green environmental and energy technology in its relations with developing countries. The state’s involvement, although rather unnoticed, is heavy, and the primary objectives are new markets abroad and the security of supply of resources

In: The Hague Journal of Diplomacy

Korea, Iran or Burma. One does not need to look far for explanations for China’s growing interest in these countries. Economic and energy interests, geographical proximity and the importance of its diplomatic relationship with Russia explain this development. More complicated to answer are the questions

In: The Hague Journal of Diplomacy

United Nations (UN) Security Council and the International Atomic Energy Agency ( IAEA ) in 2003; Admiral Giampaolo di Paola, who engaged in political dialogue on multiple occasions as the Military Committee Chairman of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization ( NATO ) from 2008 to 2011 and then as Italy

In: The Hague Journal of Diplomacy

more and more influence. For this reason, our team works as much with other government agencies back in Denmark as we do with departments within the MFA . As an example, the Ministries of Business, Industry, and Financial Affairs; Higher Education and Science as well as Climate, Energy and Utilities

In: The Hague Journal of Diplomacy
Japan and the Balance of National Interests
This book by Maaike Okano-Heijmans makes an important contribution to the concept of economic diplomacy.

A conceptual-study mode of economic diplomacy is combined with applied analysis of Japan’s economic diplomacy practice. The two approaches reinforce one another, yielding a conceptualization of economic diplomacy that is grounded in practical insights.

A comprehensive approach
A core argument in the book is that economic diplomacy, strategically, affirms that economic/commercial interests and political interests reinforce one another and should thus be seen in tandem. This contrasts with the predominant approach in the transatlantic world, which attaches relatively greater importance to the military–economic linkage in the quest for influence.

The case of Japan
Japan has employed economic diplomacy as a central instrument of its foreign policy and quest for national security since the post-war period. The reconfiguration of regional and global power that started in the 1990s encouraged the Japanese government, in coordination and cooperation with the private sector, to reassess its economic diplomacy policy.

Power shifts
Economic Diplomacy: Japan and the Balance of National Interests illuminates the debates underlying these shifts, the various ways by which Japan’s reinvention of its economic diplomacy is implemented, and the consequences for Japanese foreign policy at large.
Practical relevance

The critical insights offered by the examination of Japan are pertinent for Western countries, as well as for other East Asian nations. They will be of interest to scholars and practitioners of diplomacy, international relations and international economic law and policy.

This book is the ninth volume in the Diplomatic Studies series, edited by Jan Melissen and published by Brill, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers.

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coalitions absorb both the issue and diplomatic energies. This chapter examines AOSIS across the UN landscape. It analyzes its emergence and its activities across three multilateral venues: its (limited) activities in the UN General Assembly, involvement and leadership in the recurring conferences

In: Group Politics in UN Multilateralism

Dhanapala President of the 1995 NPT Review and Extension Conference 1 In 1946, the very first resolution passed by the United Nations General Assembly ( UNGA ) established a Commission to deal with problems related to the discovery of atomic energy and to make proposals for ‘the elimination from

In: Group Politics in UN Multilateralism

, María Camila Bustos and J. Timmons Roberts . “ Small group, big impact: how AILAC helped shape the Paris Agreement .” Climate Policy 17 , no. 1 ( 2017 ): 71 – 85 . European Commission. “Energy Union Package. Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council

In: Group Politics in UN Multilateralism

, which was started initially in 2010 by Tajikistan to coincide with the International Decade for Action on Water, later expanded to include 39 members and supported the goal of water and sanitation. The Friends of Sustainable Energy for All pressed member states for an energy goal and maintained

In: Group Politics in UN Multilateralism

, which differs from treaty negotiations, where interests dictate process and goal attainment focuses political energies. Performance in such negotiations is measured by how much of a participant’s objectives were attained in the final agreement. In the deliberative processes at the UN, however, the

In: Group Politics in UN Multilateralism