Concert of Europe

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Concert of Europe,

term used in the 19th cent. to designate a loose agreement by the major European powers to act together on European questions of common interest. The concert emerged after the Congress of Vienna (1814–15) and included the Quadruple AllianceQuadruple Alliance,
any of several European alliances. The Quadruple Alliance of 1718 was formed by Great Britain, France, the Holy Roman emperor, and the Netherlands when Philip V of Spain, guided by Cardinal Alberoni, sought by force to nullify the peace settlements reached
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 powers of Great Britain, Austria, Prussia, and Russia, and, as of 1818, France as well. It aimed to preserve peace by concerted diplomatic action reinforced by periodic conferences dealing with problems of mutual concern.
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In this regard, recent calls by Zbigniew Brzezinski for greater security cooperation between the United States and the various players (including China) in the Asia-Pacific, implicitly premised as they are on the existing reality of American dominance, are far more viable than a Concert of Powers.
As it turns out, what is needed to manage the security in the Asia-Pacific is not a Concert of Powers but a clear pecking order, with the United States at the top.
Roosevelt, Kissinger holds, was returning to an unrealistic Wilsonian hope for a concert of powers.
The origin of a concert of powers is the European Concert in the nineteenth century.
Instead, a concert of powers tackles security issues through informal negotiations and regular meetings (Kupchan and Kupchan 1991).
Thus, today it would be essential for a concert of powers to create norms that play a key role in making its operation acceptable.
A concert of powers is a specific type of multilateral security arrangement, a cooperative approach to the organization of security (Job 1997), whereas multilateral discussions and organizing can be seen in many areas of international relations.
Collective security originated at the beginning of the twentieth century as a system to complement the old pattern of regular conferences among the powers, referred to as a concert of powers (Luard 1992).
The study explored the second North Korean nuclear crisis through the lens of different security models: a hegemonic power structure, a concert of powers, and a collective-security system.