Abstract and Keywords
High-level panels and commissions have become in recent decades a very busy second-track diplomatic industry. Since the 1980s, more than thirty commissions have come and gone, harnessing the collective talents of over five hundred individual commissioners and panelists to report on issues across the security, development, and general governance spectrum. The impact of the commissions and panels under review has varied enormously. Some have fundamentally changed the terms of international policy debate, but others have sunk utterly without trace. This article evaluates the utility and significance of ‘commission diplomacy’ overall, and explains why some commissions are successful and others are not.
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