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‘Fragile States’ in an Unequal World: The Role of the g7+ in International Diplomacy and Development Cooperation - cover image


Isabel Rocha de Siqueira

Published On





  • English

Print Length

256 pages (xviii+238)


Paperback156 x 18 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.71" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 20 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.79" x 9.21")


Paperback492g (17.35oz)
Hardback663g (23.39oz)



OCLC Number





  • JP
  • JPS
  • JPSD
  • JPWH
  • LASD


  • POL011010
  • POL034000
  • POL043000
  • POL029000
  • POL041000


  • JC330.2


  • people
  • g7+
  • International Diplomacy and Development Cooperation
  • conflict-affected states
  • find your voice
  • use your survival skills
  • work with passion
  • decide how much to concede
  • act responsibly

‘Fragile States’ in an Unequal World

The Role of the g7+ in International Diplomacy and Development Cooperation

This is a book about people. ‘Fragile States’ in an Unequal World: The Role of the g7+ in International Diplomacy and Development Cooperation introduces the members of the g7+, a group formed by 20 conflict-affected states: why they came to believe in politics and policy; how they feel about their work, their family and their communities; and what they want to leave behind for the next generations. It is the story of their personal and collective values, their mistakes, and the challenges they faced, and it will resonate with anyone who has tried to organize and work with a group of very different people.

This book is also a contribution for those seeking to influence international policy, especially from a disadvantageous position. It explores how to find your voice, use your survival skills, work with passion, decide how much to concede and act responsibly. Together, these lessons illuminate the paths that individual members have walked as they found their own voices, as well as how the g7+ fights to speak collectively. The book ends with a glimpse of the way forward, as Isabel Rocha de Siqueira encourages younger generations to engage with politics and policy generously, with hope for the future.

Combining literature and hard facts – along with other elements such as illustrations, cartoon strips and photographs to tell the previously untold stories of public servants in poor, conflict-affected countries, the book offers an original (and very human) micro and macro perspective on the politics of development. It will be of interest to professionals in major development organisations, students and professors in development courses, policymakers, public servants, civil society, activists working for major international NGOs, and journalists who report on the development industry, as well as those with a general interest in international development cooperation, international diplomacy and other related fields.


The g7+ is indeed one of the world’s most unlikely international organisations. Isabel Rocha de Siqueira’s book offers remarkable views from the inside of the organisation, its foundation and evolvement. An indispensable read for everybody interested in the everyday life of multilateralism.

Prof. Jan Pospisil

Head of research at the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR) and co-investigator in the Political Settlements Research Programme (University of Edinburgh).

Additional Resources

[website]Photo Archive of the g7+ Secretariat

The photo archive of the g7+ Secretariat is available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/195846664@N05/. The archive contains photos of people discussed in the book, as well as of individuals who have played an important role in the g7+ .



(pp. xi–xii)
  • E.P. Xanana Gusmão
  • Isabel Rocha de Siqueira

How to Act Responsibly

(pp. 151–180)
  • Isabel Rocha de Siqueira

The Way Forward

(pp. 181–188)
  • Isabel Rocha de Siqueira


Isabel Rocha de Siqueira

Assistant Professor in International Relations at the International Relations Institute (IRI) at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro