Global South was first conceived as the “periphery of the international system”, a margin in a bipolar world. It plays now, after the collapse of bipolarity and in a context of globalization, a new role . It gets then a new and diversified status. It is covering the major part of the world population, as well as the major part of the seats in UN, but it has also to be considered as a lasting target of humiliation, as the main source of the international issues which are at stake and even as the present battlefield of the world. How this status is reinventing the global world? How does it interplay with the old powers? How is it transforming the present world diplomacy?
Emeritus Professor in Political Sciences, Bertrand Badie is one of the most prominent international relations thinkers in France. His areas of expertise are, among others, sociology and theory of international relations, comparative politics, multilateralism, transformations of state and sovereignty in international relations. He is the author of several books including The Imported State, Stanford, Stanford University Press, 2000. New Perspectives on the International Order. No Longer Alone in this World, London, Los Angeles, New York, Palgrave, 2018.