The New Dynamics of Multilateralism

Diplomacy, International Organizations, and Global Governance


Edited by James P. Muldoon, Jr.; JoAnn F. Aviel; Richard Reitano; Earl Sullivan, EDITORS

First Edition • August 1, 2010 • 384 pages


Print ISBN: 9780813344812 • $45.00 USD$49.99 CAN

Ebook ISBN: 9780813392004 • $25.99 USD$28.99 CAN

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This timely new book focuses on the various dynamics of contemporary multilateralism as it relates to global issues, global governance, and global institutions. Invited authorities, including academics, business people, and members of international groups, contribute original essays on how multilateralism as an institution has been affected by globalization, the rise of civil society and global business, emerging economic and political conditions, and new threats to peace and security in the world. Emphasizing practical applications over theoretical foundations, The New Dynamics of Multilateralism helps students understand how the practice of multilateral diplomacy has been influenced by the changes in the processes and procedures of international organizations and the role of multilateralism in the transformation of the international system of governance and the transition to an emerging new global order.


James P. Muldoon, Jr., is senior fellow with the Center for Global Change and Governance at Rutgers University–Newark. He is author of The Architecture of Global Governance: An Introduction to the Study of International Organizations (Westview Press) and coeditor of Multilateral Diplomacy and the United Nations Today (Westview Press).

JoAnn Fagot Aviel
is professor of international relations at San Francisco University where she also serves as the faculty advisor of the Model United Nations program. She is coeditor of and contributor to Multilateral Diplomacy and the United Nations Today (Westview Press).

Richard Reitano is emeritus professor of government at Dutchess Community College and adjunct professor of political science at Poughkeepsie New York. He is also president of the Board of Directors of the National Collegiate Conference Association, sponsor of the annual National Model United Nations simulations in New York and Washington, and coeditor of and contributor to Multilateral Diplomacy and the United Nations Today (Westview Press).

Earl Sullivan
is provost and professor emeritus of political science at American University Cairo and during most of 2010 interim president of the American University Kuwait. He is the author of The Contemporary Study of the Arab World Alberta Press and coeditor of and contributor to Multilateral Diplomacy and the United Nations Today (Westview Press).

Part One. The Mechanics of Multilateralism: Past and Present
Introduction – James P. Muldoon Jr.
1. Norms and Diplomacy: The Diplomatic Underpinnings of Multilateralism – Geoffrey Wiseman
2. Systemic Change, International Organizations, and the Evolution of Multilateralism – Michael Schechter
3. Multilateralism Today and Its Contribution to Global Governance – Andreas Kruck and Volker Rittberger

Part Two. The Role of State Actors in Twenty-First Century Diplomacy
Introduction – Richard Reitano
4. Unplanned Obsolescence? The Future of the State in a Multilateral World – Joseph H. Melrose and J. Andrew Melrose
5. The Challenge of “Rogue States” for a Troubled International Community – Stephen R. Rock
6. Global Terrorism, Nuclear Proliferation, and Genocide: The Threats Posed to States and Global Stability – Donna M. Schlagheck
7. Challenges to the Global Economy: Can the State Fix Them? – David A. Kennett
8. Explaining State Responses to Human Rights” – Timothy Longman and Natalie Zähringer

Part Three. The Role of Non-State Actors: Essential or Incidental to Global Governance?
Introduction – JoAnn Fagot Aviel
9. The Rise of Humanitarian NGOs in Multilateral Diplomacy – Peter H. Bell and Sherine S. Jayawickrama
10. Human Rights Advocacy in Global Governance: A Case Study of Human Rights Watch – Carroll Bogert
11. Seven Steps to Influencing Multilateral Environmental Negotiations: A Case Study on Invasive Species and the Convention on Biological Diversity – Stanley W. Burgiel
12. The Private Sector and the Business of Global Governance – Stephen Jordan and Taryn Bird
13. Private Foundations and Multilateral Diplomacy – Joan E. Spero

Part Four. The Role of International Secretariats
Introduction – Earl Sullivan
14. International Secretariats: Diplomats or Civil Servants? –John Mathiason
15. Multilateral Diplomacy and the United Nations: Global Governance Venue or Actor—Ramesh Thakur
16. The Diplomacy of Specialized Agencies: High Food Prices and the World Food Program – Henk-Jan Brinkman and Massood Hyder

Part Five. Reflections on the New Dynamics of Multilateralism
17. A Realist Argument for Multilateral Diplomacy – Earl Sullivan
18. The Role of Nonstate Actors – JoAnn Fagot Aviel
19. Power, the State, Multilateral Diplomacy, and Global Governance – Richard Reitano
20. Multilateralism’s New Mix: Implications for Diplomacy, International Organizations, and Global Governance – James P. Muldoon Jr.

“While your computer spell-checker still does not like the term, ‘multilateralism’ has moved from the periphery to the mainstream of foreign policy concerns by major and minor powers alike. The New Dynamics of Multilateralism is essential reading for all serious students of world politics and global governance.”
—Prof. Thomas G. Weiss, The CUNY Graduate Center

“This is a comprehensive and compelling account of multilateralism and its changing role in the conduct of diplomacy, the operations of international institutions, and the construction of patterns of regional and global governance. The editors showcase diverse theoretical perspectives on multilateralism and the practical experiences of those who have actually been engaged in it. In so doing, they provide us with a volume that is both accessible to students and indispensible to scholars and practitioners alike as they seek to come to grips with the shifting shape of world politics in the 21st century.”
—Paul Sharp, Professor and Head of Political Science, University of Minnesota, Duluth

“The book takes a multilayered approach to assessing the recent evolution of multilateralism. It is essential to look into the new dynamics of multilateralism by examining the roles of states, NGOs, and the secretariats of international organizations and how they interact. The book does this extremely well, and is very useful reading.” —Jean-Marc Coicaud, Director, United Nations University Office at the United Nations in New York

“This book is an important addition to the growing body of literature and commentary on the changing nature of multilateralism, and is particularly valuable for its description and analysis of the expanding role of non-state actors in helping to ‘govern’ the globe. It points to nothing less than a fundamentally new understanding of the capacity—or limits thereof—of the modern state to speak and act on behalf of its citizens.” —John Monahan, Executive Director, The Mosaic Institute

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