Cover

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Title, Copyright

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

List of Illustrations

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pp. ix-x

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xiv

This book is dedicated to two categories of people without whom it would not have come into existence. The first category consists of individuals who spend most of their days solving or working around hard problems in the realm of international security. There are hundreds of thousands of nongovernmental organization (NGO) staff members, international civil servants, military personnel, and national diplomats whose work requires them to be exceptionally resilient and creative in order to overcome ...

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Introduction

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pp. xv-xviii

In setting out to research the topic of this book a few years back, my overall interest was in current and anticipated changes in the global power configuration, the “polarity” of international relations in conventional terminology, and the likely repercussions of those changes on the diplomatic relations of great powers and the international security institutions to which the latter belong. The original idea was to contrast how swiftly informal institutional arrangements, such as the summits of...

Abbreviations

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pp. ix-xxii

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1. A Puzzle and Conceptual Framework

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pp. 1-28

What is high- table diplomacy, and what is its appeal in the early twenty- first century? Why do leaders of established and emerging great powers reshape international organizations and arenas of negotiation in the realm of international security, promoting institutions that lack universal legitimacy and accountability mechanisms, yet fail to reform those to which the latter properties are ascribed? Furthermore, how do contemporary great and middle powers employ existing formal and informal institutional arrangements to address the major challenges of our time, encompassing...

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2. Great-Power Diplomacy and International Security in Historical Context

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pp. 29-76

The concept of diplomacy has spawned a vast, rich literature penned by scholars, diplomats, and individuals who combine the latter two professional identities. This heterogeneity of literature encompasses several competing approaches to the study of diplomacy, each highlighting a different set of properties and characteristics of the phenomenon at hand. At the same time there is relatively little controversy about what constitutes modern diplomatic practice, which emerged out of a standard...

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3. Conflict Management

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pp. 77-116

Given the clear mandate of the UNSC in the realm of conflict management, one would not expect much hybridity among institutional arrangements within high- table diplomacy overall, but rather strenuous differentiation between formality and informality. There would appear to be serious risks associated with referring part of that mandate to other bodies, risks that by extension could undermine the status and functioning of the UN system at large. For analogous reasons, one would not...

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4. Counterterrorism Cooperation

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pp. 117-156

Considering the short history of transnational counterterrorism cooperation and the lack of a robust legal and organizational framework, the expectation is that preconditions for hybridity of institutional arrangements are present in this policy area. A legal and organizational framework for counterterrorism cooperation has evolved only in the past ten to fifteen years and appears to rely heavily on auxiliary structures provided by informal institutional arrangements. It is also likely to be characterized...

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5. Climate Change Mitigation

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pp. 157-196

The UNSC has exhibited a near- complete lack of interest in the issue of climate change, with the exception of two thematic debates held in recent years. This is an issue that belongs almost exclusively to the informal dimension of institutional arrangements. Consequently, we expect that the delineation between the formal and informal institutional arrangements is sustained by the council’s strong prerogatives. Climate change is widely regarded as a quintessentially nontraditional security issue; thus...

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Conclusions

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pp. 197-220

The analysis in the three preceding chapters described the ways international security institutions responded to the challenges of conflict management, counterterrorism cooperation, and climate change mitigation in 2009–14 and the extent to which high- table diplomacy formed part of that response by using formal and informal settings and facilitating diplomatic practices across the traditional/nontraditional security nexus. At the center of this last chapter are the concept of high- table diplomacy...

Appendix: List of Interviewees

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pp. 221-222

Bibliography

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pp. 223-240

Index

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pp. 241-250