Valdai Paper #22: Multilateralism à la Carte: The New World of Global Governance

The 22th Valdai paper is devoted to analyze of the nimble approach of governments to international cooperation. The 22th Valdai paper is devoted to analyze of the nimble approach of governments to international cooperation.

According to the author, policymakers increasingly pursue their national objectives through narrower and more flexible frameworks whose membership varies with situational interests, shared values, and relevant capabilities. In sum, governments increasingly bypass formal international organizations.

The author names such an approach as “multilateralism à la carte” which implies cooperative frameworks that are ad hoc instead of standing and permanent; informal and voluntary rather than formal and legally binding; disaggregated as opposed to comprehensive; trans-governmental instead of inter-governmental; and (often) multi-level and multi-stakeholder rather than purely state-centric. He considers the forms which this policy takes in different areas.

The author of the article is Stewart Patrick, Senior Fellow and Director of the Program on International Institutions and Global Governance, Council on Foreign Relations (Washington, USA).

Related articles

Tillerson Visit Marks Trump’s Move to Mainstream, Shows Willingness to Mend Ties
The rhetoric seen at US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to Moscow largely confirmed that US foreign policy under Donald Trump has moved toward the establishment mainstream. However, the visit

Alan W. Cafruny

Expert Opinions
Japan-Russia: Joint Economic Activity Can Weaken the Territorial Dispute
On April 27, 2017, Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe arrived in Moscow. The main topic of the talks with the Russian President Vladimir Putin is the joint economic activity in the southern Kuril

Expert Opinions
OSCE Secretary General: Rediscovering the Nature of Dialogue Is the Key to Solve…
According to Lamberto Zannier, Russia feels the danger from NATO and the more it reacts, the more fears arise from, for example, the Baltic states. First of all, it is necessary to stop this vicious

Club Events