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Paradiplomacy as a Diplomatic Broker

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Between Separating Differences and Engaging Commonalities

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Since the publication of Der Derian’s seminal work “On Diplomacy”, diplomacy has been thought of as the mediation of estrangement between separated individuals, groups or political entities. This article focuses on paradiplomacy, the diplomatic practices of sub-state entities, as a specific site of diplomatic mediation, striking a middle ground between “realist” power play and the humanist need to connect to and engage with others. Indeed, the mediating of estrangement can be situated between both extremes of a continuum, with on the one hand absolute humanist diplomacy, aimed at rescinding all forms of separation between peoples, and on the other hand absolute power play diplomacy, maximizing these differences.

Affiliations: 1: University of Antwerp and Royal Army Museum Brussels


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