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International Relations as Negotiation

1st Edition

By Brian R Urlacher


188 pages

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Negotiations are central to the operation of the international system, found at the heart of every conflict and every act of cooperation. Negotiation is the primary vehicle that states use to manage conflict and build prosperity in a complicated and dangerous international system. International Relations as Negotiation provides an overview of world politics that is both approachable and detailed. It explores the factors that help or undermine efforts to negotiate solutions to international problems. Key topics including international conflict and security, the global economy, international law and governance, and environmental sustainability are explored in turn. The history of the international system is traced through major treaty agreements and peace conferences, and the future of the international system is projected. The result is a survey of world politics that provides a seamless narrative about conflict and cooperation in the international system.


“Brian Urlacher fills a void in the literature on international negotiation. He provides an accessible textbook, replete with useful exercises, for graduate and undergraduate courses. By blending theory with practice, he illuminates the central role played by negotiation in international relations. By situating negotiation in the international context, he adds to our understanding of the historical and contemporaneous milieus in which negotiation occurs. I encourage my colleagues to follow my lead in adopting this terrific book for their courses.”

—Daniel Druckman, George Mason University, Macquarie University (Sydney), and University of Queensland (Brisbane)

“An innovative and interesting way to approach international relations. I highly recommend that professors consider it for undergraduate classes taking a broad approach to the topic.”

—Ambassador Dennis Jett (Ret.), Pennsylvania State University

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Negotiation and International Politics

Chapter 2: International History as Negotiation

Chapter 3: Negotiation Theory

Chapter 4: Security and Conflict

Chapter 5: Security and Cooperation

Chapter 6: International Political Economy

Chapter 7: Global Governance

Chapter 8: Environmental Management

Chapter 9: Negotiation in Practice

About the Author

Brian Urlacher is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of North Dakota. His research focuses on cooperation under difficult circumstances, ranging from examinations of empirical studies of conflict resolution to more theoretical work on the prisoner's dilemma and public goods provision. He earned his PhD from the University of Connecticut in 2007.

About the Series

International Studies Intensives

International Studies Intensives

International Studies Intensives (ISI) is a book series that springs from the desire to keep students engaged in the world around them. ISI books are meant to offer an intensive introduction to subjects often left out of the curriculum. Our authors are from a range of disciplines and employ many different methodological approaches to teaching about international issues. Yet each and every ISI book packs a wealth of information into a small space, and does so in ways that students find compelling and instructors find useful. ISI books are relatively short, visually attractive, and affordably priced. Examination/inspection copies for course adoption may be requested from the Webpage of any book in the series. Book proposals for the series should be directed to the co-editors: and

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General