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Track Two Diplomacy in Theory and Practice by Peter Jones

By Peter Jones

Tune international relations includes casual dialogues between actors comparable to teachers, spiritual leaders, retired senior officers, and NGO officers that could deliver new rules and new relationships to the authentic strategy of diplomacy.

Sadly, these all in favour of legit international relations usually have little figuring out of and appreciation for the complicated and nuanced position that tune can play, or for its obstacles. and lots of song practitioners are usually ignorant of the realities and pressures of the coverage and diplomatic worlds, and never relatively adept at framing their efforts to cause them to available to hard-pressed officers. whilst, these attracted to the tutorial examine of song occasionally fail to appreciate the realities confronted through both set of practitioners.

A desire for this reason exists for a piece to bridge the divides among those constituencies and among the different sorts of song practice—and this publication crosses disciplines and traditions so one can just do that. It explores some of the dimensions and guises of music , the idea and perform of the way they paintings, and the way either practitioners and teachers may possibly extra profitably check music . total, it offers a finished photo of the diversity of actions pursued less than this name, to impress new puzzling over how those actions relate to one another, to respectable international relations, and to academe.

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This exercise situates the forms of Track Two introduced in the previous chapter in terms of where they fit into IR from the point of view of practitioners and social scientists. Through such an effort, we can develop tools to assess different Track Two processes on their own terms instead of falling into the frustrating trap, described in the conclusion of Chapter 1, of trying to understand a given Track Two process that is based on one approach to IR, while using the tools and concepts of another.

What Is Track Two Diplomacy? 11 The Conf lict Resolution Field While the bulk of this chapter is dedicated to an exploration of the evolution of the idea and practice of Track Two, it is necessary to situate the discussion within the development of the broader field of conflict resolution. Indeed, for some people, Track Two is best understood as a subfield of the broader area of conflict resolution. This is true for much of Track Two, but not all; there are variants of Track Two that are not dedicated to the resolution of conflict.

Drawing on contacts in the Southeast Asia region, and with support from the United Kingdom government, Burton invited small teams of influential people from each of these countries to London for a series of quiet workshops during 1965–66. Those invited were for the most part not officials but had close government connections in their countries. Using facilitation techniques designed to draw out the participants on the underlying aspects of the dispute rather than trading exchanges over their official positions, Burton and his colleagues assisted the participants in exploring the causes of the disputes and developing potential solutions.

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