Track Two Diplomacy in Theory and Practice by Peter Jones

By Peter Jones

Music international relations contains casual dialogues between actors comparable to teachers, non secular leaders, retired senior officers, and NGO officers which may deliver new rules and new relationships to the professional strategy of diplomacy.

Sadly, these occupied with authentic international relations usually have little figuring out of and appreciation for the complicated and nuanced function that tune can play, or for its barriers. and plenty of music practitioners are usually ignorant of the realities and pressures of the coverage and diplomatic worlds, and never really adept at framing their efforts to lead them to available to hard-pressed officers. whilst, these drawn to the educational research of tune occasionally fail to appreciate the realities confronted through both set of practitioners.

A desire for that reason exists for a piece to bridge the divides among those constituencies and among the different sorts of tune practice—and this ebook crosses disciplines and traditions as a way to just do that. It explores many of the dimensions and guises of song , the idea and perform of the way they paintings, and the way either practitioners and teachers may extra profitably determine song . total, it presents a finished photo of the variety of actions pursued lower than this name, to impress new considering how those actions relate to one another, to reliable international relations, and to academe.

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These were the questions that Azar and other early writers in the field of conflict resolution were asking. Other international activities which many realists regard dubiously are those of institution building or norm building as methods to achieving peace and stability. 13 Once again, this idea that dialogue, institutions, and norms cannot lead to peace puts such theorists and practitioners squarely on the opposite side of many Track Two practitioners, who believe that a process of dialogue and norm building can, in itself, have the effect over time of changing the prevailing views between conflicts parties, and even in a region as a whole.

The third party in such a project is not a mediator, as traditionally understood. Rather, in some ways it plays the role of facilitator. 24 This is done through a process of ongoing interaction under controlled circumstances, which are set by the third party with the acceptance of the participants. Key to these controlled circumstances are what have come to be known as the “rules” of the workshops, to which the participants agree as they are being recruited, and which will be discussed further in Chapter Five.

5, or “hard” Track Two (as defined by Agha and colleagues), is closest to official diplomacy, while the other kinds recede from it. As we shall see in variations of this chart that appear in subsequent chapters, as one moves along the scale toward such things as “soft” Track Two and multi-track diplomacy, the objectives and mechanisms that exist in association with these various forms of Track Two change substantially. 3 Major Categories of Track Two 24 In Theory Track Three, and so on to convey the idea that these forms of Track Two are concerned with influencing civil society and grassroots actors rather than officials and governments.

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