Thu, Feb 13

POL 300-800, Global Diplomacy
Spring 2020 |



  1. Select a 4-5 page section of this chapter and distill the information it contains down to the absolute essentials.
  2. Explain to someone (who's new to Barston's text) how best to read this chapter.
  3. Are major powers necessarily more successful negotiators than minor powers? How so, or why not?
  4. Is consensus more difficult to reach in bilateral negotiations or multilateral negotiations? Support your answer.
  5. Should negotiators prepare contingency plans in preparation for the issue learning curve? Support your answer.
  6. To what extent, and in what ways, can public opinion influence the character and effectiveness of negotiations? Illustrate your answer with real or hypothetical examples.
  7. Are regional organizations (ROs) best thought of as single actors or multiple actors? What are some implications of your answer for negotiation processes and dynamics?
  8. What advice would you offer an inexperienced team of diplomats from a small country tasked with negotiating a bilateral trade agreement? Expand the question with particular details, as needed, and explain your answer.
  9. If you could turn back the clock and start over, what advice would you offer the UK as it prepares for and begins negotiating Brexit with the EU? How might your advice have led to a better agreement?