Research programme

Processes of International Negotiations (PIN) Program

08 Jun 2015 - 13:44
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The Processes of International Negotiation (PIN) Program is a non-profit group of scholars and practitioners that encourages and organizes research on a broad spectrum of topics related to international negotiation seen as a process. Its objectives include the dissemination of new knowledge about negotiation as widely as possible, and developing networks of scholars and practitioners interested in the subject, for the purpose of improving analysis and practice of negotiation worldwide.

The secretariat of PIN is based at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations "Clingendael" in The Hague. Members are Cecilia Albin (Sweden), Mark Anstey (South-Africa), Guy-Olivier Faure (France), Fen Hampson (Canada), Paul Meerts (Netherlands), Mordechai Melamud (Israel), Wilbur Perlot (Netherlands), Valerie Rosoux (Belgium), Rudolf Schüssler (Germany), Mikhail Troitskiy (Russia) and William Zartman (USA). Rick van der Kleij is administrative coordinator. 

Workshops and Publications

Every year the Steering Committee conducts one to two workshops devoted to the analysis and improvement of the practice of negotiation, involving scholars from numerous countries, in order to tap a broad range of international expertise. Normally authors are invited to draft papers for these workshops. After the workshop these papers are revised for publication. PIN has published a book a year out of these workshops, using various English-language publishers, and its books have been translated into a number of languages, including an active Chinese translation program.

For a list of publications click here and an overview of all PIN publications can be found on the PIN website.

Roadshows and the Newsletter PINPoints

The Steering Committee also offers mini-conferences on international negotiations in order to disseminate and encourage research on the subject. Such "Road Shows" have been held in Almaty, Baku, Bayreuth, Beijing, Berane, Buenos Aires, Casablanca, Cetinje, Copenhagen, Durham, Haifa, Istanbul, Kyoto, Lahore, Laxenburg, Los Angeles (Malibu), Louvain-la-Neuve, Madrid, Nanjing, Oslo, Paris, San José, St. Petersbourg, Stockholm, Tanger, Tashkent, Tehran, The Hague, Vienna, Port Elizabeth and Warsaw.

The organization is presided over by a Steering Committee, who organizes the many activities and edits the newsletter PINPoints. Past projects and the program have been supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Smith Richardson Foundation, the US Institute of Peace, UNESCO, Carnegie Corporation and Carnegie Commission for the Prevention of Deadly Conflict.

More information on the PIN newsletter, publications and events can be found on the PIN-website or you can follow us on Facebook.