Would it help a historian's career to discover the significance of Patricia Espinosa? All she did as executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was clinch the diplomatic compromise that made the global 2015 climate treaty possible. She is an unsung heroine of diplomatic internationalism whose work literally might bring fresh air and cooler temperatures to our world. Alan McPherson and Yannick Wehrli present in their anthology the professional ancestors of such Latin American diplomatic internationalists. In the 1920s and 1930s the League of Nations served as a context where Latin American diplomats contributed as international actors every bit as much as did presidents, peasants, or members of the military.

This book of academic research papers first presented at a 2014 conference in Geneva is organized in sections each with a particular focus: sovereignty and conflict solution, labor,...

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