Contemporary Concert Diplomacy

coverA New Mechanism for Great Power Crisis Management in the Post-Cold War World

Bonner Studien zum globalen Wandel  – Band 20.

Tectum Verlag, Marburg, 2016. 856 Seiten. ISBN 978-3-8288-3828-4.

Two centuries after the Congress of Vienna formed the ‚Concert of Europe‘, the great powers of the world once again assembled in Austria‘s capital in June 2015: This time they were negotiating an end to the nuclear standoff with Iran. These so-called EU-3+3 negotiations signify a broader trend: From Iran to North Korea, from the former Yugoslavia to Israel and Palestine, the great powers increasingly opt for exclusive and informal ad hoc formats in crisis management. Though lacking in aristocratic grandeur and festive surroundings, these context-specific, self-selected forums for policy-coordination in many ways resemble the nineteenth-century ‚Concert of Europe‘.

Why do the key actors in the contemporary international system consciously shun the standards of accountability and legitimacy represented by the post-war liberal institutional order? Why are they in favor of a more casual form of diplomacy that is not constrained by an inclusive membership, strict rules of procedure, and modern standards of transparency? This study rationalizes the popularity and assesses the viability of Contemporary Concert Diplomacy as a means for crisis management in the post-Cold War world. Drawing on a system-level analysis as well as four extensive case studies (the Yugoslavia Contact Group, the Middle East Quartet, the Six Party Talks with North Korea, and the EU-3+3 negotiations with Iran), it examines and explains the emergence, operation, and outcomes of Contemporary Concert Diplomacy. In doing so, it sheds light on a highly significant – but vastly understudied – instrument of crisis management. It thus proves valuable to both, the student and practitioner of international affairs.


Into the Dark

Ohne TitelEine Reise nach Nordkorea

Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung, Gummersbach, 2014. 20 Seiten. Mit einem Grußwort von Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, MdEP.

„In ein unfreies Land zu reisen heißt nicht, dass man Unfreiheit besichtigt. Sehr viel mehr bedeutet es, dass man – wenn auch nur im Kleinen-selbst unfrei wird.“

Die Publikation dokumentiert eine Veranstaltungsreihe, die in Zusammenarbeit mit der Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung 2014 und 2015 stattfand. Anhand zahlreicher Fotos und persönlicher Kommentare will sie einen Eindruck von einer privaten Reise in die Demokratische Volksrepublik Korea im Sommer 2014 vermitteln. Die Broschüre steht hier zur Ansicht bereit.

Of Peace and Power

59255_coverPromoting Canadian Interests Through Peacekeeping

Europäische Hochschulschriften / European University Studies / Publications Universitaires Européennes – Band 575.

Peter Lang Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2009. 138 Seiten. ISBN 978-3-631-59255-7.

More than 50 years after Canada played an instrumental role in its inception, peacekeeping has once again returned to the center of the national foreign policy debate. Having participated in every peacekeeping operation set up during the Cold War and lived through the fundamental changes the activity has undergone in the 1990s, Ottawa is currently struggling to define a viable approach to peacekeeping for the 21st century. As a timely contribution to this effort, the study reveals the overt and subtle ways in which Canada’s commitment to peacekeeping has contributed to the promotion of vital national interests in the past and might continue to do so in the future.