How can "effectiveness" of conference diplomacy be defined? Which are the criteria to judge, if an international conference has been successful? Professor Andreas Fahrmeir, chair for Modern History at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, addresses in his lecture these questions and defines three different dimensions of effectiveness with a special focus on the Congress of Vienna.
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Conference: 200 Years of Conference Diplomacy | From the Congress of Vienna to the G7
On 9 June 1815, the Final Act of the Congress of Vienna was signed. Two hundred years later, on 7 and 8 June 2015, Germany hosted the G7 summit. This coincidence provided a unique occasion to reflect on the past, present and future of conference diplomacy. For this purpose, an international conference with eminent political scientists and historians took place at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin on 8 and 9 June 2015. Researchers as well as political practitioners discussed the lessons of 200 years of multilateral cooperation, in four crucial areas: inclusion, effectiveness, legitimacy, and international order.