Regional diplomacy

Regional diplomacy

Regional diplomacy refers to the conduct of relations between countries that belong to an identifiable geographic region. Regional diplomacy (RD) has become a strong force in international relations. Globalization and interdependence have made all states aware, that neighborhood cooperation works to mutual benefit. Small countries see the benefit of numbers, for economic and political advantage. Many regions attempt to emulate successful exemplars, such as the EU, and ASEAN, with varying degrees of success.

We may also call regional diplomacy a form of multilateral diplomacy that is practiced within a closed circle of neighboring states. Of course the term 'region' used in international affairs is a geography-based political construct. No a priory reason exists to determine the contours of a region, and the way a region is defined depends on those that run a particular regional organization. For instance, should Sri Lanka be included in ASEAN? ASEAN beleives that Sri Lanka lies outside what it defines as south east asia, but this is a matter of interpretation. The same applies to the question whether Myanmar (or Burma) belongs to SE Asia or South Asia; it is a member of ASEAN because the members of that organization have so chosen.

Regional diplomacy is of special interest today because in many parts of the world, regional organizations have mushroomed, driven by an urge to pursue stronger economic links, and to use this to improve mutual political understanding, and gain in mutual security. The European Union (EU), now consisting of 27 member states, is the world's most advanced practitioner of regional diplomacy, and a role model in most parts of the world.

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Diplomacy (game) — Diplomacy Designer(s) Allan B. Calhamer Publication date 1959 Players 7 Age range 12+ Setup time 5–10 minutes Playing time 4–12 hours …   Wikipedia

  • diplomacy — /di ploh meuh see/, n. 1. the conduct by government officials of negotiations and other relations between nations. 2. the art or science of conducting such negotiations. 3. skill in managing negotiations, handling people, etc., so that there is… …   Universalium

  • Diplomacy — For the textual analysis of historic documents, see Diplomatics. For other uses, see Diplomacy (disambiguation). The United Nations, with its headquarters in New York City, is the largest international diplomatic organization. Diplomacy (from… …   Wikipedia

  • Regional power — In international relations, a regional power is a state that has power within a geographic region. [ ws outlines/ws9.doc+%22regional+power%22… …   Wikipedia

  • Cultural diplomacy — The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy conference: „International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy 2009“ Cultural diplomacy (the science of diplomacy between cultures) has existed as a practice for centuries. Explorers, travelers, teachers and… …   Wikipedia

  • Transformational Diplomacy — is a diplomacy initiative championed by United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for reinvigorating American Foreign Policy and the United States Foreign Service.As Secretary of State, Rice has championed the expansion of democratic… …   Wikipedia

  • Defence diplomacy — In international politics, defence diplomacy refers to the pursuit of foreign policy objectives through the peaceful employment of defence resources and capabilities. Contents 1 Origin of the Concept 2 Development of Defence Diplomacy 3… …   Wikipedia

  • Preventive Diplomacy — is action to prevent disputes from arising between parties, to prevent existing disputes from escalating into conflicts and to limit the spread of the latter when they occur. [ UN Secretary General Report Agenda for Peace , 1992… …   Wikipedia

  • The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy — Established 1933 Type Private Dean Stephen W. Bosworth …   Wikipedia

  • International Task Force on Preventive Diplomacy — The EastWest Institute established the multiyear International Task Force on Preventive Diplomacy as the flagship of its Conflict Prevention Program in May 2007. The Task Force has one core purpose: it will investigate and promote concrete ways… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.