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Alternative Cultures of Diplomacy

                    

 

Event Date: 8 – 9 November  2013
Unrecognised Nations and Peoples Organisation
Laan van Meerdervoort 70
2517 AN The Hague
The Netherlands

Alternative Cultures of Diplomacy

Part of the Diplomatic Cultures Research Network (AH/J013900/1)

Shifting attention beyond diplomacy as the domain of states alone, the final workshop will explore a series of alternative cultures and spaces of diplomacy which disrupt the national/international binary that is central to conventional theorisations. Issues of the diplomacy of indigenous communities, the ‘paradiplomacy’ of sub-national governments and the diplomatic practices of non-state polities are attracting increasing academic attention and this workshop will bring together a range of academics and diplomatic practitioners engaged with such margins of the inter-state system. The workshop will examine how diplomatic cosmopolitanism is translated and appropriated beyond traditional spaces of diplomacy, and how this mimicking of official diplomatic discourses in turn informs the norms and mechanisms of more conventional statecraft.

Workshop Schedule:

Friday 8th November

Welcome  by Dr Jason Dittmer and Dr Fiona McConnell:

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Introductions:

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Keynote 1 – Professor Virginie MamadouhPara- diplomacy: the (transnational) relations between cities, regions and other sub-state political entities
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Keynote 2 – Dr Jessica ShadianAlternative diplomacies and the Inuit Circumpolar Council
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Agenda-setting in diplomacy I
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Agenda-setting in diplomacy II
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Saturday 9 November

Keynote 3 – Professor Noé Cornago(Para)diplomatic cultures: old and new
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Introduction to UNPO (Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization), the conference host:

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Contemporary concerns and issues in diplomacy:

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Questions to be addressed:
1. How does a diplomatic service add value in light of increased competition from non-diplomats/other actors, e.g. journalists and consultants?
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2. How do – and how can – traditional, recognised states engage with disengaged political actors such as unrecognised states and states with under-resourced diplomatic services. How can conventional diplomatic services understand the sort of advice these actors are being given?
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3. Should diplomatic services have a structured approach with private diplomatic actors? If so, how should diplomatic services engage with these actors? Do diplomatic services currently get in the way and how can they facilitate?
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4. Should states be concerned about the rise of citizen diplomacy? Should the state look to citizen diplomacy when normal avenues fail? Or does citizen diplomacy work because of its perceived independence?
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5. In what circumstances is it in the interests of diplomatic services to facilitate people/people; NGO/NGO etc contacts between their state and third countries?
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Reflections and final discussion:

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I. Translating Diplomatic Cultures  February 2013
II. Spaces of Diplomacy   June 2013
III. Alternative Cultures of Diplomacy  November 2013

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