“A Conniving diplomacy” by Bertrand BADIE, on the 13th of December, Cultural Club in Qurm [fr]
In continuation of lectures organized by the French Embassy with the Cultural Club in Qurm, Bertrand BADIE presented on the 13th of December, his latest book, “Conniving diplomacy”. The lecture has been held in English and translated in Arabic. The eve, a meeting was held at the Diplomatic Institute in the ministry of Foreign Affairs, attended by H.E Malika Berak, the Chairman of the Diplomatic Institute and membres of the omani administration.
“A Conniving diplomacy”
After reminding the main concepts founding his theory, Bertrand Badie focused the first part of his lecture on drawing the creation of a “club diplomacy”, firstly identified in 1815, with the alliance between Russia, Great Britain, Prussia and Austria, in order to maintain European stability. Despite the new European order established by Bismark’s theories, this club diplomacy came back on the front scene after the World War one, and survived throughout the bipolar system.
Mainly embodied by the Permanent Security Council, and the G8, this “club diplomacy” is considered by Bertrand Badie as a façade, concealing the ineffectiveness of a world policy, suffering from a lack of regulation and the too many diverging between the ruling states. He also denounced the fact that, by excluding most of the countries from the consultation, they created a humiliating system which produces more and more frustration among those uninvited countries.
Answering the questions of the audience, he underlined the orchestration of the Arab World by the western countries, still considered as pawn, rather than as actor on the international exchequer. Nonetheless, he rejected the idea of “the clash of civilisations” as a source of the "Arab spring", explaining that, during the late events, we did not notice cultural or religious protests, but mainly political and economical concerns among the protestors. Also, he reminded that in the current Islam, there is no political nor religious unity.
University Professor at the Political Sciences Institut (IEP) of Paris since 1990, and promoted PhD Director of the Program of International Relations at the IEP in 1999, Bertrand BADIE is a French political scientist and international relations specialist. He has written extensively about international relations theory, focusing on globalization and the structural effects it exerts on the international system, states and societies. He is the author of The End of Territories (1995), which presents his main theory about the process of disappearance of the territory notion, in the International Relations. Since 2004, he also is President of the Scientific Committee of the French Institute for Near East Studies (IFPO).