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Mercury Project Hits Top Gear

'Conceptualising Multilateralism'

The EU-funded MERCURY project, a 3-year, €2 million investigation of Europe and multilateralism, has yielded its first publication:  'Conceptualising Multilateralism' by Caroline Bouchard and John Peterson as a MERCURY Working Paper.

Available at, the paper tackles the analytical task of truly conceptualising multilateralism - as opposed merely to use it as a descriptive term - so that it finally can stand alongside other concepts in the study of international relations such as anarchy, sovereignty or interdependence. 

In addition, a version of John Peterson's public lecture - delivered at a MERCURY workshop in Cologne on 9 July 2009 - entitled 'Obama and Multilateralism:  Hell No More?' may be accessed as an audiovisual podcast at

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