Present-day international relations is no longer the exclusive preserve of war, peace and strategic diplomacy. The “high politics” of yesteryear have expanded in scope to accommodate an array of concerns, encompassing international trade and investment, ethnic conflict, terrorism and insurgency, and “non-traditional” security issues relating to the environment, energy, water and health. All of these are inter-related, often in complex and multi-dimensional ways. Against this backdrop, the management of conflict and the search for equity and justice are becoming more challenging by the day. The traditional approach to security is being subsumed by newer concepts such as comprehensive security. At the same time, global and regional multilateral institutions are experimenting with new techniques of dealing with conflict, such as preventive diplomacy and humanitarian intervention, often with mixed results.
Last updated on 18/09/2014