The para-diplomacy of non-state (armed) organisations and their implications for state-diplomacy

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The term diplomacy is traditionally reserved for the official relations between internationally recognized states. In a context in which most conflicts are internal and see armed non-state actors engage in ‘rebel governance’, non-state armed (and non-armed) actors tend to become fully-fledged international actors appealing to, amongst others, state diplomacies, diasporas, inter-governmental organisations, and other non-state actors.

During the Cold war such international interactions were frequently seen through the prism of proxy-wars and strategies of internationalization of military struggles. They have after the end of the Cold war often been analysed as expression of the “dark side of globalization”, linking non-state (armed) actors to illegal activities such as arms trafficking and international organized crime.  At the same time, these strategies of ‘extraversion’ on the part of non-state (armed) actors are becoming increasingly diverse, involving a varied set of interlocutors such as INGOs, fora representing non-state groups, CSOs, IGOs or MNCs. What is the extent of these transformations?

This workshop focuses on the political, non-clandestine, and quasi-diplomatic nature of these international practices, gathering academics and practitioners under Chatham house rules. It covers a wide range of non-states (armed) actors, including non-state political-military organisations and entities that claim statehood but are denied international recognition. 

Scientific Committee
Christian Olsson, Université libre de Bruxelles (REPI)
Giulia Prelz Oltramonti, Université Catholique de Lille (ESPOL)
Michel Liégeois, Université catholique de Louvain (ISOPOLE)
 
Organising Committee
Christian Olsson, Université libre de Bruxelles (REPI) Christian.Olsson@ulb.ac.be
Giulia Prelz Oltramonti, Université Catholique de Lille (ESPOL) Giulia.PrelzOltramonti@univ-catholille.fr
 
 
Closed event
Friday January 24th 2020
Université libre de Bruxelles (Kant room)
39 avenue F. Roosevelt
1050 Bruxelles
 
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