Regional Institutional Diplomacies: Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, and Other Regions
Jozef Bátora and Alan Hardacre
This chapter reviews the diplomatic structures and processes within regional institutions that are emerging around the globe. Anchored in a conceptualization of diplomacy as an institution, the European Union (EU) model of pooling resources toward the creation of a regional diplomatic system, including a set of dedicated institutional structures for performing diplomacy, is analyzed first. The chapter then addresses how similar processes are at work in Asia, Africa, South America, and in a number of other regional integration schemes. The chapter argues that there is a global trend toward increased regional diplomatic institutions and processes, inspired and catalyzed by developments in the EU, while not necessarily completely copying the European "model."