, perhaps it is only people interested in diplomacy who might be tempted to characterise the present in terms of Martin Wight’s ‘same old melodrama’. We decided to ask current and former members of HJD ’s International Advisory Board for their takes on what is, will and ought to be happening in diplomacy
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Securitization and Democratization reveals the mutual dependency between democratization and securitization, two processes that while evolving reinforce each other. The study of the democratic consolidation is complemented by the more complex and dynamic securitization elements that offer an in-depth view of the internal threats to be faced. Ms. Stefan’s analysis creates an articulated and coherent concept underlying the close dependence between democracy and security. As a study case, Romania provides a wide scale of situations in several security sectors and contributes to building a model that is operational in any post-communist society.
Mediterranean Paradiplomacies: The Dynamics of Diplomatic Reterritorialization, Manuel Duran presents a new view on the phenomenon of paradiplomacy by analyzing the diplomatic activities of a number of Mediterranean substate entities as a site of political territorialization. The international agency of these substate entities is giving way to new patterns of territorialization, as well as alternative forms of diplomacy.
Duran examines the diplomatic activities of two Spanish, two French and two Italian regions. The book poses the question of why and how these regions operate diplomatically in a given territorial milieu and convincingly elucidates the particular patterns of reterritorialization that result from these diplomatic activities.
From the Vanguard to the Margins is dedicated to the work of the late British historian, Dr Mark Pittaway (1971-2010), a prominent scholar of post-war and contemporary Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Breaking with orthodox readings on Eastern bloc regimes, which remain wedded to the 'totalitarianism' paradigm of the Cold War era, the essays in this volume shed light on the contradictory historical and social trajectory of 'real socialism' in the region.
Mainstream historiography has presented Stalinist parties as 'omnipotent', effectively stripping workers and society in general of its 'relative autonomy'. Building on an impressive amount of archive material, Pittaway convincingly shows how dynamics of class, gender, skill level, and rural versus urban location, shaped politics in the period. The volume also offers novel insights on historical and sociological roots of fascism in Hungary and the politics of legitimacy in the Austro-Hungarian borderlands.
cooperation. This represents something new in the relationship, and it is in connection with those ongoing negotiations that this book edited by Keck, Vanoverbeke and Waldenberger is useful. It is an edited volume with contributions from fourteen different authors, most of them present or former officials of
two chapters set the scene. Chapter 1 provides a historical overview of China’s diplomacy at the un ; chapter 2 defines the analytical framework and explains the methodological choices. The next four chapters present empirical material from China’s involvement in the cases mentioned (chapters 3 to 6
much larger number of players (particularly of civil society), a flatter structure, a more significant oral component, and greater transparency (p. 22). While some contributions are not new — for example, established experts such as Joseph Nye, Kishore Mahbubani and Jan Egeland present arguments that
and in the international system, where the EU appears as an increasingly present diplomatic actor. She reviews the implications in organisational terms, as the future of foreign ministries and embassies in Europe undergoes fundamental change, not least the emergence of a new EU level of professional
is one of three key tasks for a diplomat (with the other two being information-gathering and negotiation). In order to represent, you not only have to stand in for your queen and country — that is, be present where the country itself is absent. 4 You also have to be presentable — that is, ‘clean