Article name “All tracks” Diplomacy: Post-Soviet Experience
Authors Shevchuk N.V. Candidate of Political Sciences,
Bibliographic description Shevchuk N. “All tracks” Diplomacy: Post-Soviet Experience // Transbaikal State University Journal. 2023. Vol. 30, no. 1. P. 182–191. DOI: 10.2109/2227-9245-2024-30-1-182-191.
Category Politology
DOI 327
DOI 10.2109/2227-9245-2024-30-1-182-191
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Annotation The article is devoted to the practice of using methods of informal expert diplomacy in peace processes. The relevance of the problem is due to the decline in the potential of traditional diplomacy in the current geopolitical turbulence and the protracted nature of unresolved conflicts in the post-Soviet space. The experience of using alternative tools for establishing and maintaining contacts at the level of experts, representatives of NGOs and the academic community of the parties, as well as the interweaving of official and auxiliary diplomacy in the conditions of the so-called “new internationality” requires rethinking. The purpose of the article, which consists in summarizing the experience of “second and one-and-a-half track” diplomacy in post-Soviet conflicts and identifying the potential of such activities in the context of peace processes, predetermined the tasks: to analyze the world practice of transprofessionalization of diplomacy, to give an overview of the available theoretical literature, to identify the importance of expert diplomacy in the inter-Tajik settlement and the features of expert participation in confidence-building measures in the Georgian-the Abkhaz conflict, as well as Azerbaijani-Armenian and Moldovan- Transdniestrian relations. The object of the study is informal diplomacy. The subject is the experience of transprofessionalization of diplomacy in a number of conflict cases of the post-Soviet space. Methodology and methods of research are as follows: to achieve the objectives of the study, a systematic approach is applied, which has allowed a comprehensive analysis of the accumulated practice of involving experts in conflict resolution processes, as well as general scientific methods of comparative analysis and generalization. It is concluded that although “expert diplomacyˮ is not an alternative to the official one and in this regard cannot replace the classical tools traditionally used by diplomats, the auxiliary and stabilizing potential of “diplomacy of all tracks” is quite high.
Key words conflict resolution, negotiation process, multi-track diplomacy, diplomacy of the “second track”, diplomacy of the “one and a half track”, expert groups, working groups, expert diplomacy, peace process, expert seminars
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