Multilateralism In The United Nations

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The United Nations emerged out the ruin of World War II. However, the original concept has its roots in ancient China and Rome. Researchers dutifully identified the structures of international orga¬nization in early leagues and assemblies such as the Amphicytonic councils in Greek city-states plus the Phocian, Akarnian, and Boetian leagues. In addition, the four¬teenth century Lycian and Achaean leagues promised its members more practical measures centered on trade and commerce. These councils or leagues were designed to avert the fears of powerful nations and encourage co-operation among the lesser states. This practice of encouraging trade between two countries was known as bilateral diplomacy or old diplomacy. However, it was not until…show more content…
Even more importantly, the oldest international organization is often linked with the Congress of Vienna in 1815. The responsibilities of international organizations were and are to help regular international agenda, such as negotiating political proposals and being the catalysts for governmental undertakings. As a result practice of promoting trade between three or more governments of different countries was developed. This practice is known as multilateralism. In the past, however, multilateral diplomatic meetings were just for definite issues such as postwar resolutions. In the article “Multilateral Diplomacy In The Twenty-first Century,” Earl Sullivan drew attention to the growth of the present-day multilateral diplomacy or new diplomacy From the Peace of Westphalia to the Congress of Vienna to the conferences that settled the great wars of the twentieth cen¬tury, the use of multilateral diplomacy has increased in frequency and…show more content…
The example given was the newly independent state of the Congo that became trapped in the global conflict between the Soviets and the Americans. Consequently, the United Nations was pulled on the forefront of this global conflict. If anything, Mr. Sullivan believes that the struggle of good versus evil that blurred established differences between domestic and international issues “increased in the post-Cold War era of accelerated
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