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HIGH-TABLE DIPLOMACY This page intentionally left blank H I G H - TA B L E D I P L O M A C Y The Reshaping of International Security Institutions K J E L L E N G E L B R E K T Georgetown University Press | Washington, DC © 2016 Georgetown University Press. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Engelbrekt, Kjell, author. High-table diplomacy : the reshaping of international security institutions / Kjell Engelbrekt. pages cm Includes bibliographical references and index. Summary: Today, great-power and middle-power diplomacy take place at two high tables, one using a well-known fixed address on First Avenue in Manhattan and the other at varying summit locations where heads of state and government meet. This book examines the growing importance of minilateral summit diplomacy in the management of international security problems. Kjell Engelbrekt contrasts the "GX" summitry of the G7 (and the G8 1998–2014) and G20 clubs with the older and more formal UN Security Council. He examines whether or not this new form of GX high-table diplomacy offers a more effective alternative to, or whether it simply complements, traditional institutions. One defining feature of GX diplomacy has been the diversification of countries with a seat at the table, as seen by contrasting the G20 with the five-member UN Security Council. A second feature of GX summits are their relative informality and flexibility, which has helped put nontraditional security threats on the agenda. Engelbrekt conducted research in primary-source documents of the G7, G8, G20, and UN Security Council to examine and contrast how these institutions have deliberated on three policy areas: conflict management, counterterrorism cooperation, and climate change mitigation. ISBN 978-1-62616-312-6 (hardcover : alk. paper) — ISBN 978-1-62616-313-3 (pbk. : alk. paper) — ISBN 978-1-62616-314-0 (ebook) 1. Summit meetings. 2. Diplomacy. 3. International relations. 4. Security, International. 5. Conflict management—International cooperation. 6. Terrorism —Prevention—International cooperation. 7. Climate change mitigation—International cooperation. I. Title. JZ1305.E54 2016 355'.031—dc23 2015025235 ♾ This book is printed on acid-free paper meeting the requirements of the American National Standard for Permanence in Paper for Printed Library Materials. 17 16 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 First printing Printed in the United States of America Cover design by Jen Huppert. Cover image by Robert Michael/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images. Disaster may be the price of failure to achieve One World in terms of a moral and political ideal. —Inis L. Claude, Swords into Ploughshares And so the way I see the struggle that’s starting to emerge between the U.S., Europe on the one hand and rising states on the other is a struggle for voice, for authority. It’s the global political hierarchy that’s being contested, who gets to sit at the table, how many votes you get. —G. John Ikenberry, “The Emerging Powers and the Future of the Global Order” This page intentionally left blank ...


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