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Book Review: Johan Kaufmann, Conference Diplomacy: An Introductory Analysis, Second Edition (Dordrecht: Martinus Nijhoff in association with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), 208pp., £30.50 pbk.). Sydney D. Bailey, The Procedure of the UN Security Council, Second Edition (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988, 499pp., £45.00)

Book Review: Johan Kaufmann, Conference Diplomacy: An Introductory Analysis, Second Edition (Dordrecht: Martinus Nijhoff in association with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), 208pp., £30.50 pbk.). Sydney D. Bailey, The Procedure of the UN Security Council, Second Edition (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988, 499pp., £45.00)

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Book ReviewJohan Kaufmann, Conference Diplomacy: An Introductory Analysis, Second Edition (Dordrecht: Martinus Nijhoff in association with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), 208pp., £30.50 pbk.). Sydney D. Bailey, The Procedure of the UN Security Council, Second Edition (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988, 499pp., £45.00) SAGE Publications, Inc.1989DOI: 10.1177/03058298890180020312 Nicholas A.Sims London School of Economics Conference Diplomacy first appeared in 1968, and this new edition is most welcome. Johan Kaufmann writes with economy and wit, so that what might, in other hands, have read as a dreary recital of procedures and protocol becomes instead a concise and lively analysis of a flourishing sector of international relations. Kaufmann defines conference diplomacy as 'that part of the management of relations between governments, and of relations between governments and intergovernmental organizations, that takes place in international conferences' Kaufmann's thesis is that conference diplomacy has 'importantly modified traditional diplomatic methods' but, to his credit, this book furnishes examples of its similarities with the longer-established diplomacy conducted through embassies, legations and high commissions, as well as noting the points of difference. This fascinating mixture of similarities and differences is well demonstrated in Kaufmann's chapter on tactics and ploys for advancing or retarding
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