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Niche Diplomacy: Middle Powers after the Cold War by Andrew F. Cooper

By Andrew F. Cooper

An exam of the character of heart energy international relations within the post-Cold struggle period. because the inflexible hierarchy of the bipolar period wanes, the aptitude skill of center powers to open segmented niches opens up. This quantity exhibits the shape and scope of this niche-building diplomatic job from a backside up standpoint to supply an alternative choice to the dominant apex-dominated picture in overseas relations.

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Niche Diplomacy: Middle Powers after the Cold War

An exam of the character of center energy international relations within the post-Cold battle period. because the inflexible hierarchy of the bipolar period wanes, the capability skill of heart powers to open segmented niches opens up. This quantity exhibits the shape and scope of this niche-building diplomatic task from a backside up viewpoint to supply a substitute for the dominant apex-dominated snapshot in diplomacy.

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Indeed, the very idea of using the metaphor of first, second and third agendas makes sense only if this implies a chronological recognition of how they came to be on the agenda of international politics. It is unacceptable to many groups in the global community if it is thought to represent a priority ranking. The history of the last decade tells us that the sealing of these various agendas is becoming increasingly difficult. Indeed, some newer important principles in international relations - such as intergenerational equity, polluter-pays and user-pays principles and the like have actually developed along with the evolution of the third agenda.

International theory is groping towards incorporating some of these dimensions, the changing agenda and its implications for our understanding of security. 57 It should come as no surprise that they remain so to this day. But notions of enlightened self-interest and the prospect of learning and adaptation are important considerations in contemporary foreign policy analysis and practice - more so than at any time in the past. Accordingly we need to accept that the nature of agency and the range of agents in international relations is wider now than at any time in previous eras.

J. Hudson, Australia and the League of Nations (Sydney: Sydney University Press in association with the Australian Institute of International Affairs, 1980). ), The Committed Neutral: Sweden's Foreign Policy (Boulder, CO: Westview, 1989). ), Internationalism under Strain: The North-South Policies of Canada, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1989); Middle Power 24 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. Niche Diplomacy Internationalism: The North-South Dimension (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1990).

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