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Rearticulating the friend–enemy distinction within states: the HCNM’s ‘new diplomacy’ of desecuritization

Jackson-Preece, Jennifer ORCID: 0000-0001-5884-9953 (2018) Rearticulating the friend–enemy distinction within states: the HCNM’s ‘new diplomacy’ of desecuritization. Hague Journal of Diplomacy, 13 (4). pp. 523-544. ISSN 1871-1901

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Identification Number: 10.1163/1871191X-13030027


This article’s premise is that the practice of representatives of international organizations has something important to tell us about what it means to ‘do desecuritization’. The analysis provides a qualitative process-tracing of diplomacy by the OSCE's High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM). It finds that ‘new diplomats’ can ‘do desecuritization’ differently. By rearticulating norms, as well as negotiating interests, the HCNM is able to escape the constraints imposed by security grammar and begin to transform the friend–enemy distinction within states. ‘New diplomats’ like the HCNM are capable of initiating such fundamental changes within states because their non-state platforms and institutional cultures transcend traditional international dichotomies of ‘us’ and ‘them’. These findings add nuance to our understanding of desecuritization as practice and suggest a novel methodological approach for studying desecuritization empirically.

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Additional Information: © 2018 Koninklijke Brill NV.
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2018 08:39
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2024 23:00

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