Group Politics in UN Multilateralism provides a new perspective on diplomacy and negotiations at the United Nations. Very few states ‘act individually’ at the UN; instead they often work within groups such as the Africa Group, the European Union or the Arab League. States use groups to put forward principled positions in an attempt to influence a wider audience and thus legitimize desired outcomes. Yet the volume also shows that groups are not static: new groups emerge in multilateral negotiations on issues such as climate, security and human rights. At any given moment, UN multilateralism is shaped by long-standing group dynamics as well as shifting, ad-hoc groupings. These intergroup dynamics are key to understanding diplomatic practice at the UN.
Karen E. Smith, PhD (1996), London School of Economics and Political Science, is Professor of International Relations at that university. She has published extensively on EU foreign relations, EU human rights policy, and EU-UN relations.
Katie Verlin Laatikainen, Ph.D. (1996), is Professor of Political Science at Adelphi University. Her publications include
The Routledge Handbook on the European Union and International Institutions (2013) and
The European Union and the United Nations: Intersecting Multilateralisms (Palgrave 2006).
Abbreviations List of Figures and Tables Notes on Contributors
Part 1: Introduction to Group Politics
Introduction: Group Politics in UN Multilateralism Katie Verlin Laatikainen and Karen E. Smith
Group Politics at the UN: Conceptual Considerations Katie Verlin Laatikainen
Part 2: Regional and Political Groups in UN Diplomacy
The European Union Karen E. Smith
Latin American Cooperation at the United Nations: Exploring the Role of GRULAC, CARICOM and ALBA Andrea Ribeiro Hoffmann
The African Union in the United Nations Nandi Makubalo, Madeleine O. Hosli, and Michaël Lantmeeters
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Arab League Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués
ASEAN as an Actor in the United Nations: How Cohesive Is It? Jürgen Rüland
The Alliance of Small Island States at the UN: the Promise and Pitfalls of Single-Issue Groups in Multilateral Negotiations Katie Laatikainen
Part 3: Group Politics in UN Multilateral Diplomacy
Gender Equality and Sexual Orientation Discrimination Karen E. Smith
Group Dynamics and Interplay in UN Disarmament Forums Megan Dee
Negotiating the Responsibility to Protect in the UN System Alex Bellamy
Discussing Global Health and Access to Medicines in the UN System: the Case of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) Andrea Ribeiro Hoffmann and Jana Tabak
Negotiating the Sustainable Development Goals Mary Farrell
Group Interaction in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Lisanne Groen
Group Politics and the Question of Palestinian Recognition in the UN System Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués
Conclusion: “The Only Sin at the UN is Being Isolated” Katie Verlin Laatikainen and Karen E. Smith
The book should appeal to scholars, students and practitioners interested in the United Nations, global governance, multilateralism, regional organisations and the issues covered in it (climate change, nuclear weapons, etc).