The 41st PINPoints arrives at a turbulent and exciting time in international negotiation. Topics such as non-proliferation and territorial integrity have again been placed at the foreground of public debate, reminding us of the need to improve the use and usefulness of international negotiations. The events of the moment are providing analysts with good illustrations of concepts and plenty of new questions to process analysis, many of which have been included in the articles of this Processes of International Negotiation (PIN) program publication.
In issue #41:
- Guy Olivier Faure puts to forth an insightful analysis of the requirements for useful negotiations with terrorists whom adhere to the “nothing but the sword” principle.
- I William Zartman expands upon the importance of the levels of immediacy when looking at the role of negotiation in conflict prevention.
- Valérie Rosoux follows by similarly emphasizing the role of time, or, more precisely, when reconciliation becomes negotiable.
- Mark Anstey elaborates in his article on what can be gained from the seemingly recent phenomenon of negotiating with crowds.
- Mikhail Troitskiy argues in his contribution that symbolic references can play a vital role in facilitating the coordination among actors. These focal points can for instance be found in arms control negotiations.
- In light of the recent publication of his book Diplomatic Negotiation - Essence and Evolution, Paul Meerts summarizes his analysis and recommendations on how to further the use and usefulness of diplomatic negotiations.
- I William Zartman concludes this edition by focusing on how negotiations end and how this is actually determined. Furthering research on these processes of closure in negotiations also inspired the Montenegro PIN Roadshow of July 2015.