Multilateralism has been defined as “the practice of coordinating national policies in groups of three or more states.” “Minilateralism,” therefore, is a form of multilateral cooperation where a small number of countries in a limited territorial and functional context work together to address specific issues. It has been argued that based on global multilateralism, regional minilateralism was established to serve as an additional tool for parties to deal with issues that are most critical to them. Universal values and principles of multilateralism can be applied in minilateral institutions and arrangements to better reflect local conditions and to serve local needs.
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Prof. Dr. Nguyen Vu Tung is the President of the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam
Dr. Le Trung Kien is the PhD Candidate of the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam