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On the Value of Parliamentary Diplomacy

Daniel Fiott - former Research Fellow, Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation

Madariaga Paper, Vol. 4, No. 7 (Apr., 2011)

This paper examines the role of parliamentary diplomacy as part of and sometimes distinct from traditional forms of diplomacy. Beyond providing some much needed clarity to the notion of parliamentary diplomacy, this paper asks some specific questions: including, what are the added benefits or weaknesses of parliamentary diplomacy in a world marked by powerful states and increasingly influential non-state actors, and under what circumstances may parliamentary diplomacy complement the external activities of the European Union?

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What is the Link between Human Rights and Economic Development? The Case of China
Madariaga Report - 3 March 2011

The award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo has once again put China’s human rights situation at the centre of international attention. It has also revived the debate on the relationship between human rights, democracy and economic development. Has the dramatic economic development experienced by China in the last three decades created the conditions for decisive progress towards democracy? Is the Western model of pluralistic democracy the only way for advancing human rights in developing countries and emerging economies?

A Citizen's Controversy with Jean-Philippe Béja, Research Director at the CNRS/CERI-Sciences-Po (Paris) and Shujie Yao, Director of the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Nottingham.




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