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Rethinking International Relations

Bertrand Badie

In this thought-provoking book, Bertrand Badie argues that the traditional paradigms of international relations are no longer sustainable, and that ignorance of these shifting systems and of alternative models is a major source of contemporary international conflict and disorder. Through a clear examination of the political, historical and social context, Badie illuminates the challenges and possibilities of an ‘intersocial’ and multilateral approach to international relations.
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Chapter 8: New diplomacies

Bertrand Badie


In spite of the resilience of the old states, we are now far from the well-known “Westphalian diplomacy” which is more and more removed from the “new diplomatic game.” Non-state actors have their “private diplomacy” and their own game, while the main issues which are at stake on the international agenda are far from the traditional duality constituted by “war and peace” or “the diplomat and the soldier.” In this perspective, states are pushed to follow new “social routes” for adapting their foreign action to the new challenges. Bilateralism which was formerly the main core of diplomatic interventions is presently challenged by multilateralism, in spite of the old state sovereign culture.

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