Accepted paper:

Watching the diplomats: unpacking diplomacy at the World Health Organization

Author:

Rachel Irwin (Lund University)

Paper short abstract:

This paper presents an ‘anthropology of diplomacy,’ focussing on policy-making at the World Health Organization (WHO). It examines issues of space, control and power in the negotiations and policy-cycle, creating a narrative of how issues are translated into resolutions and then implemented (or not).

Paper long abstract:

This paper presents an'anthropology of diplomacy,' focussing on policy-making at the World Health Organization (WHO). It examines issues of space, control and power in the negotiations and policy-cycle, creating a narrative of how 'global health issues' are indentified, translated into resolutions and then implemented (or not). The paper draws upon a year of participant observation at the WHO and meetings of its governing bodies, as well as in-depth interviews with diplomats and civil servants. This paper also draws upon the author's position within global health diplomacy, reflecting on being both an actor in global health diplomacy, whilst simultaneously studying it.

panel P01
Anthropology, diplomacy and politics