The Influence of Informal Groups in Multilateral Diplomacy
Interdependence in, and the continued globalization of, the international system encourages states with shared interests to cooperate in the practice of diplomacy by pooling resources and by building institutional links and informal networks to facilitate this. Coordination and cooperation can help states to advance both individual and shared agendas through the use of collective lobbying and bargaining power. A long-held recognition in the diplomatic world of the value of collective action has combined with the growth and expansion of multilateral diplomacy, in the post-war years in particular, to promote joint action through coalitions and contact groups as means of managing complex diplomatic exercises and of ensuring that national and regional resources are used to their best effect internationally.
KeywordsUnited Nations Security Council Group Position Foreign Minister Informal Group
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