Informal talks on international negotiations
Europe/Amsterdam 07 2016 19:00

This is an exclusive event only for students and recent alumni of  the Clingendael and Leiden joint Master of International Relations and Diplomacy (MIRD) as well as participants in recent editions of the LBB and the course for starting Dutch diplomats.

Clingendael, Leiden University and the Canadian Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) are proud to invite you for informal and face-to face talks on international negotiations.

Negotiations are under pressure due to a variety of reasons. There is increased geopolitical tension, (Non)-state actors do not recognise the principles of the international legal order which forms the basis of most international negotiations and there is increased public scrutiny on negotiated deals. As a result, a vital decision making tool is losing effectiveness in a time cooperation is very much needed.

On Wednesday evening 7 September (19-21 h) we will explore these issues and many others. After an introduction session moderated by Rick van der Kleij (Clingendael), three rounds of informal talks take place. Each informal round gives you the opportunity to talk with a different expert in groups with three other participants. You can talk about many different sub themes related to negotiations: from the roles of culture, psychology, ethics and power dynamics to negotiating with terrorists, engaging armed groups in negotiation training, and many more.

The event ends with a concluding session moderated by Rick to draw conclusions from all the informal talks to get a picture of the future of international negotiations.

How to register
To register, please send your name and email address before Monday 5 September 17:00 h to Ragnhild Drange, course coordinator of the MSc programme in International Relations and Diplomacy (MIRD).

Experts you will meet
To give you an impression who you will meet and can talk to:

  • Dr Danila Bochkarev is a Brussels-based fellow with EWI's Regional Security Initiative team. Danila studied international relations, history and political economy in Paris, London and Nizhniy Novgorod (Russia). He has published intensively on EU, Russian and Eurasian energy, security and foreign policy. He is a native Russian speaker and is fluent in English and French.
  • Dr Alisher Faizullaev is a former Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the United Kingdom, Benelux countries, the European Union and NATO. Currently he is a Professor in the Department of Practical Diplomacy and Director of the Negotiation Laboratory at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy (UWED), Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He teaches “International Negotiation”, “Public Diplomacy” and “Diplomacy and Communication” courses.
  • Prof. Guy Olivier Faure is senior visiting fellow at the Clingendael Institute and professor and researcher on “International Negotiation”,[1][2] “Conflict Resolution”, and “Strategic Thinking and Action”, which are subjects he has introduced and taught at the Sorbonne University, Paris. He has published on the role of culture in negotiations, China, Negotiating with terrorists as well as Unfinished business; why international negotiations fail. Faure also plays a prominent role in the recent bestselling book A word a word (Een woord een woord) by Dutch journalist Frank Westerman.
  • Prof. Fen Osler Hampson is senior visiting fellow at the Clingendael Institute and a CIGI Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Global Security & Politics Program. He is the recipient of various awards and honours and is a frequent contributor to the national and international media. He has covered a.o. the role of power in negotiations in The Global Power of Talk, focusing especially on US foreign policy and on international internet governance. 
  • Wilbur Perlot is Deputy Director at Clingendael Academy. He is project leader of the facility Negotiating training as a conflict resolution instrument of Clingendael financed by the Dutch MFA. Through this facility Clingendael trains groups in conflict in negotiation skills. Wilbur has trained a.o. Syrian opposition, Syrian women groups and representatives of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (M.I.L.F).
  • Dr Paul Meerts is Senior Research Associate at the Clingendael Institute. He is active in the field of International Negotiations as a very experienced trainer having trained in 100 countries. His recent book The evolution of diplomatic negotiation deals a.o. with the importance of regimes for negotiations to be effective. Regimes which are increasingly under pressure. Meerts also played a prominent role in the recent bestselling book A word a word by Dutch journalist Frank Westerman.
  • Prof. Rudolf Schuessler is senior visiting fellow at the Clingendael Institute and professor of philosophy at the University of Bayreuth/Germany. Rudolf is working on applied game and decision theory, the history of moral decision making, and several subjects of practical ethics. His present projects include research on fair moral compromises, a German federal ministry project on energy poverty and climate ethics, and historical studies on the emergence of opinion pluralism in European thought. 
  • Don Smith is president of the Institute for Research in Stability and Conflict. Don is a former officer in the US Army having worked in Afghanistan, but also in the planning and strategy division of the Pentagon. In his current function he seeks ways to make academic research on negotiations applicable for policy makers. He has done work on making a handbook how to deal with social movements such as Arab Spring and is currently working on the diverging narratives between Russia and the West.
  • Tony van der Togt is a senior research fellow at Clingendael on secondment  from the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). Before joining the Clingendael Institute he held different positions in the Netherlands MFA. Tony is an expert on Russian foreign policy, EU-Russia relations, OSCE and has recently conducted work on Moldova-Transnistria, one of the entrenched conflicts in Eurasia. 
  • Prof. Ole Wæver is a Professor of International Relations, University of Copenhagen, and Director of CRIC, Centre for Resolution of International Conflicts. Internationally he is mostly known for coining within security theory the concept of 'securitization'. His most recent writings in relation to securitization theory have applied the theory to religion and to climate change. He will now also apply the theory to negotiation

This event is organized by Leiden University, Clingendael and the Canadian Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). The experts are in The Hague for Clingendael's international research group Processes of International Negotiation (PIN) with gathers for its new book project ‘Negotiating Security in Eurasia’, co-financed by Clingendael and CIGI.