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Irish diplomacy on the UN Security Council 2001-2: foreign policy-making in the light of day

Doyle, John (2004) Irish diplomacy on the UN Security Council 2001-2: foreign policy-making in the light of day. Irish Studies in International Affairs, 15 . pp. 73-102. ISSN 0332-1460

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Abstract

Recent debate on Irish foreign policy has often been framed by the presumed influence of the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy and the dependence of the Irish economy on Foreign Direct Investment from the US. More broadly, small states are generally assumed to have little significant influence on world events. Empirical research on these issues is difficult in the Irish context given the often guarded nature of Irish foreign policy pronouncements. Ireland’s term on the UN Security Council in 2001 and 2002 offers an opportunity both to examine Irish foreign policy decision-making at the highest international level and to look at the capacity of a small state to have influence. The results of this study suggest that contrary to common perceptions, Irish diplomats on the Council did regularly disagree with the US on foreign-policy decisions and that the influence of EU membership was very limited—primarily because there was often no common European policy on the most controversial issues. Ireland can, however, be seen to have influenced a number of key decisions made by the Council during its most recent term as an elected member.

Item Type:Article (Published)
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:Irish foreign policy;
Subjects:Social Sciences > International relations
Social Sciences > Political science
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > Centre for International Studies (CIS)
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Law and Government
Publisher:Royal Irish Academy
Official URL:http://www.ria.ie/publications/journals/isia/IAV15/ISIA15.html
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:516
Deposited On:02 Jul 2008 by DORAS Administrator. Last Modified 16 Feb 2009 14:56

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