THE DIPLOMATIC AGENDA
FOR 1994 AND BEYOND
Allan E. Goodman
THE FUTURE IS HAPPENING faster than virtually anyone can imagine. 1 Some of the negotiations that are expected to take place in 1994-1995 are possible to anticipate, but there is a high risk that the record will end up being two-to-three times larger--and will involve far more participants--than can currently be envisioned. Diplomats are practicing their craft in an age of intellectual, geographic, and political upheaval. Their work is at the center of the transformations taking place in world politics.
Today's international system defies labels. Its power structure remains fluid and includes key actors and problems fiercely separatist ethnic groups, subnational but internationally open and linked trade zones, multinational corporations, and holes in ozone layers. Nevertheless, these groups and dilemmas have a major impact on modern diplomacy and foreign policy. Even very powerful states can no longer unilaterally define the issues and decide the terms of settlement within the regions of which they are a part. Much more effective multilateral negotiation and intensive coalition-building are therefore required. As a result, issues that are subject to bargaining are growing both in number and in complexity. The diplomatic agenda in the last decade of the twentieth century promises to bear little resemblance to that in any other decade. And the methods of exerting influence are also likely to be fundamentally different.
From all accounts--including the ones in this volume--unilateral use of force appears to be declining in its utility to foreign policy. Leadership increasingly seems to involve the catalytic roles of attracting and involving followers rather than simply issuing the call to project power or marshal
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Publication information: Book title: The Diplomatic Record, 1992-1993. Contributors: Allan E. Goodman - Editor. Publisher: Westview Press. Place of publication: Boulder, CO. Publication year: 1995. Page number: 213.
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