Minilateral diplomacy refers to a form of diplomacy that involves a small group of countries working together to address a particular issue or solve a specific problem. It is a form of multilateralism that goes beyond traditional bilateral diplomacy between two countries.
In contrast to traditional multilateral diplomacy, which often involves large-scale international organisations such as the UN or the World Trade Organization, minilateral diplomacy focuses on a more limited group of countries that share common interests and objectives.
Minilateral diplomacy can be used to address a wide range of issues, including climate change, international security, and economic cooperation. It is often seen as a more efficient and effective way to achieve results than traditional multilateralism, as it allows for more focused and targeted action by a smaller group of countries.
Examples of minilateral diplomacy include the G7 , which brings together seven of the world’s largest economies to discuss issues such as economic growth and security, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership), which involves 12 countries negotiating a trade agreement.