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The Diplomacies of Small States
Between Vulnerability and Resilience
 
 
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08 Apr 2009
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Since the end of the Cold War, the previously cooperative nature of small state diplomacy has been eroded by heated competition in an increasingly globalised world. Differences between small states have been exacerbated. While increasing competition is resulting in the successful growth of some small states who exercise effective multilateralism and creative, and perhaps somewhat unconventional, economic policy, others seem to be left behind. Through analysing the various practices exercised by small states in their diplomatic negotiations, Diplomacies of Small States: Between Vulnerability and Resilience crafts compelling arguments, detailing both successful and not-so-successful attempts at punching above one's weight. Bringing together experts in the field of small state international political economy, this book shows that many options exist for small states in the 21st century, proving they can be resilient in the face of their vulnerabilities.


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Since the end of the Cold War, the previously cooperative nature of small state diplomacy has been eroded by heated competition in an increasingly globalised world. Differences between small states have been exacerbated. While increasing competition is resulting in the successful growth of some small states who exercise effective multilateralism and creative, and perhaps somewhat unconventional, economic policy, others seem to be left behind. Through analysing the various practices exercised by small states in their diplomatic negotiations, Diplomacies of Small States: Between Vulnerability and Resilience crafts compelling arguments, detailing both successful and not-so-successful attempts at punching above one's weight. Bringing together experts in the field of small state international political economy, this book shows that many options exist for small states in the 21st century, proving they can be resilient in the face of their vulnerabilities.


Reviews


'There's now a substantial, and ever-growing, literature on small states, and yet most of this takes the form of academic articles and commentaries rather than dedicated stand-alone volumes that interrogate the key issues and themes pertinent to small states. This volume does an absolutely outstanding job in identifying, and exploring, this diversity of issues and themes in an accessible and engaging manner. It sets out brilliantly the core debates surrounding the status of small states in the international political economy - including, crucially, as actors in rather than passive objects of international relations - and, as such, offers a good way in to debates about development more broadly. It's a fabulous book that, crucially, speaks both to academic scholars and students alike.' - Nicola Smith, Senior Lecturer in Political Science, University of Birmingham, UK


Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgements
Notes of Contributors
Abbreviations
The Diplomacies of Small States at the Start of 21st Century: How Vulnerable? How Resilient?; A.F.Cooper & T.M.Shaw
PART I: CHALLENGES/REALITIES OF PRACTICING SMALL STATE DIPLOMACY
Thucydides or Kissinger? A Critical Review of Smaller State Diplomacy; G.Baldacchino
Small but Smart: Small States in the Global System; N.Prasad
Singapore and the Soft Power Experience; A.Chong
Dependency Governance and Future Political Development in the Non-Independent Caribbean; C.G.Corbin
The Diplomacy of Caribbean Community States: Searching for Resilience; J.A.Braveboy-Wagner
PART I: CASE STUDIES: SMALL STATES' DIPLOMACY VIS-A-VIS REGIONAL ORGANISATIONS
Can Small States Choose Their Own Size? The Case of a Nordic state – Iceland; B.Thorhallsson
PetroCaribe and CARICOM: Venezuela's Resource Diplomacy and its Impact on Small State Regional Cooperation; A.T.Bryan
The CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement: Impediment or Development Opportunity for CARICOM SIDS?; D.Mohammed
From Afterthought to Center Stage: The Caribbean and the Summit of the Americas Process; D.P.Erikson
PART III: CASE STUDIES: SMALL STATES' DIPMLOMACY VIS-A-VIS INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS
Bringing an Elephant into the Room: Small African State Diplomacy in the WTO; D.Lee
Confronting Vulnerability through Resilient Diplomacy: Antigua and the WTO Internet Gambling Dispute with the United States; A.F.Cooper
The Path to 'International Finance': Bringing (Caribbean) Offshore Financial Centres In; Attenuating the Western Grand Narrative;
D.D.Marshall
Cultural Industries and Cultural Policy in the Context of Globalisation: An Agenda for SIDS; K.Nurse
The Caribbean Confronts the OECD: Tax Competition and Diplomacy; W.Vlcek
Afterword: Vulnerability as a Condition, Resilience as a Strategy; A.Payne
Index


Authors


ANDREW F. COOPER is Associate Director and Distinguished Fellow at The Centre for International Governance Innovation, Canada, and is Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo, Canada.

TIMOTHY M. SHAW is Director and Professor for the Institute International Relations at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.