Many works on the topic of security and international relations will debate the relative power and influence of various types of actors on the world state. For example, are IOs powerful as individual entities, or do they simply reflect the interests of member states? Or, are NGOs actually influential with states, or do states pay them lip service to avoid embarrassing political fallout? The author here avoids these debates and instead asks how these actors are impacting the ways in which diplomacy is conducted, and what this diplomacy means for global governance. The most important topic addressed is whether or not these changes are advantageous in taking on global problems that seem too big and complex for individual states.
About the author: Jean-Robert Leguey-Feilleux received his MBA from the École Supérieure de Commerce de Marseille, France, after which he received a U.S. Fulbright Grant to study at the University of Florida, where he received an MA in political science. After receiving a fellowship from Georgetown University, he obtained his Ph.D. in political science. He became director of research at the Institute of World Polity, Georgetown University, then joined the political science department at St. Louis University where he taught international affairs. He has been a visiting researcher at Harvard University and is also the author of The Dynamics of Diplomacy.