DiploNews – Issue 168 – 5 October 2010
Last Call for Applications: 2011 Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy
You can earn an accredited Master’s degree while remaining on the job and accelerate your career with Diplo’s Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy, offered through the University of Malta. This online programme guides working diplomats and international relations professionals through the theoretical and practical building blocks of diplomacy, with a focus on contemporary issues and challenges. A 10-day residential workshop in Malta builds the skills used in diplomatic practice and extends your professional network, while a 16- to 20-month period of online study provides flexibility and a unique, in-depth grasp of contemporary diplomacy. The application deadline is 15 October 2010. For more information and to apply, please visit the course webpage.
Books on Diplomacy in October
As diplomats typically have little time to fit reading and study into their schedules, we hope that a monthly review of new publications may assist in choosing some of the most relevant. This time the focus is on regional integration and multilateral diplomacy.
James Muldoon, JoAnn Aviel, Richard Reitano, and Earl Sullivan (eds.). The New Dynamics of Multilateralism: Diplomacy, International Organizations, and Global Governance. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 2010.
This edited volume provides an overview of various aspects of multilateralism, including its global issues, global governance, and global institutions. Structured along five main parts, it discusses the mechanics of multilateralism, state and non-state actors, the role of international secretariats, and concludes with reflections on the new dynamics of multilateralism. Prominent across all parts is a discussion of the changing role of state actors and of the emergence of new actors. The contributors to this volume come from a wide variety of backgrounds ranging from academia to the business sector and civil society. A detailed overview of the contents and contributors can be found at the Westview Press catalogue page.
Imtiaz Hussain (ed.). The Impacts of NAFTA on North America: Challenges outside the Box. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
The topics included in this new, edited volume from Palgrave Macmillan are as varied as are the contributors. The authors examine the North American Free Trade Agreement from various perspectives such as regionalism and federalism, as well as through the lens of various policy issues such as climate change, biotechnology, and health security. Two actors in particular are examined: the US as a significant inside player and China as an important outside player. The essays focus on the question of the future of the Agreement. In his introduction, Hussain points out that while the Free Trade Agreement is not a complete failure, many obvious pitfalls have come to light since its inception.