1st Edition

International Relations as Negotiation

ISBN 9781612054162
Published September 30, 2015 by Routledge
188 Pages

USD $52.95

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Book Description

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.

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

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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.


“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