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International Negotiation in a Complex World


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List of Illustrations Preface 1 Introduction Negotiation in Broad Context Negotiation in International Relations Negotiation as a High-Stakes Game Structuring Negotiation Summary 2 The Board The International System Negotiation Characteristics: A Checklist Summary 3 The Players Sovereign States as Negotiators Transnational Actors Actor Dynamics Summary 4 The Stakes The Traditional Issue Framework Issue Salience in a Changing International System Two-Level Negotiations Summary 5 The Moves Modeling Strategic Choices Weighing Strategic Choices Implementing Strategy Summary 6 Outcomes Identifying Important Trends Analyzing Real-World Cases The U.S.-Iraq Protracted Conflict: Balancing Force and Diplomacy Looking Forward Appendix 1: Instructors Guide to ICONS International Negotiation Simulation Simulation as Active Learning in International Relations Understanding the ICONS Simulation Process Appendix 2: Student Guide: It's Your Turn to Play the Game Participation in ICONS Exercises: Understanding the Process Phase 1: Preparation Phase 2: Negotiation Phase 3: Debrief References Index About the Authors

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Brigid Starkey is senior lecturer in the Department of Political Science and assistant director of the Global Studies Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Mark A. Boyer is Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor and director of the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Connecticut. Jonathan Wilkenfeld is professor in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland and director of the ICONS Simulation Program.


This excellent text introduces students to the basic concepts, structures, processes, and outcomes involved in international negotiations in the complex global environment in which we live. The authors do an excellent job of presenting the basic components of international negotiation theory in a clear and engaging fashion, while also drawing on the latest scholarly research in a user-friendly manner. One comes away recognizing that negotiated agreements require a mutual ability to forego the optimal for mutually satisfactory terms that meet the fundamental needs and interests of all negotiating parties. Therefore, compromise and creative invention of mutually beneficial formulas that transcend conflicting interests are required in order to achieve joint benefits; achieving these outcomes requires patience, creativity, and a lot of hard work. This text is thus of value for both students approaching the subject for the first time as well as for experienced practitioners who may gain new insights into strategies for negotiating better, fairer, and more durable international agreements on some of the most complex but important issues of our time. -- P. Terrence Hopmann, Johns Hopkins University, SAIS
By adopting a gameboard analogy and drawing on a wide range of recent case examples woven throughout the text, International Negotiation in a Complex World provides an approachable yet rich coverage of negotiation processes. The authors present a clear structural framework for discussing negotiations, incorporating a broad range of applicable literature. This text would fit very well into classes covering negotiation topics ranging from the environment and development to conflict and post-conflict issues. -- Carolyn Shaw, Wichita State University

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