Global Health Centre

Futures for Diplomacy: Integrative Diplomacy in the 21st Century

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The Graduate Institute, Maison de la Paix | Geneva

This lecture featured  Brian Hocking, Emeritus Professor Emeritus Professor of International Relations at Loughborough University and Senior Visiting Fellow at Clingendael, Netherlands Institute of International Relations was organised within the framework of the Executive Course on Global Health Diplomacy.

What new mindsets and methods are emerging in diplomacy? Diplomacy in the 21st century is marked by significant developments in the broader diplomatic milieu. Changes in global power configurations, new agendas and actors impact on traditional state-to-state negotiations in bilateral, multilateral and regional settings and are characterised by growing interactions within complex social and policy networks. The Integrative Diplomacy framework developed by Brian Hocking et al in 2012 discusses the need to integrate change and continuity, agendas and arenas, and different diplomatic processes and structures. This new perspective on diplomacy emphasizes the importance and difficulties of collaboration between diplomats and other takeholders in international policy processes. It also poses questions regarding the qualities demanded of the diplomat in the 21st century.

Brian Hocking is Emeritus Professor of International Relations at Loughborough University  where he was Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of International Governance from 2005-2010. He is also Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Clingendael Institute in The Hague and Visiting Professor of Diplomatic Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges. He has taught and held visiting fellowships at universities in Australia, the USA and Europe and has served as an advisor to several foreign ministries and other government agencies on the impact of change on diplomacy. His research is focused on the interaction between domestic and international forces in the conduct of foreign and foreign economic policy and the impact of globalisation on the nature and organisation of diplomacy. Current projects relate to innovation in diplomacy, including multi-stakeholder models, global governance and the interaction between business, governmental agencies and civil society in trade diplomacy. He has organized and participated in a large number of international conferences and is Associate Editor of The Hague Journal of Diplomacy.

This lecture is organised within the framework of the Executive Course on Global Health Diplomacy.