The Military and Negotiation: The Role of the Soldier-Diplomat, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Military and Negotiation

The Role of the Soldier-Diplomat, 1st Edition

By Deborah Goodwin


264 pages

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This is an investigation of the role of the modern soldier/diplomat and the nature of military negotiation, in comparison with negotiation in other contexts. It is a detailed analysis of the role of the military in current operations as negotiators and liaison workers in the field.

Very few in the academic world are writing on this specific role of the military and the nature of negotiation in this situation, and such a volatile context. This publication is a first in this context, and has a keen audience in light of the current world order. The book is breaking new ground in analysing the nature of military negotiation in relation to more generic forms of negotiation, and assessing the role of the modern soldier/diplomat in recent deployments around the world. The author is an academic working within the military environment, very few people have the same capacity and accessibility to firsthand evidence and observation. Whilst peacekeeping has grown in the last decade or so, no-one has successfully investigated the role of the military and their approach to non-violent conflict resolution on the ground as few have access to such work to make a viable detailed assessment of the nature of negotiation in a violent context, but Dr Goodwin is able to do so.

Table of Contents

1. Review of extant literature on the nature of military negotiation 2. Review of extant literature and theories from proximate disciplines 3. Strategic Interaction: Negotiation as a co-operative and a competitive process;

Interests; Threat moves; Alternatives in negotiation 4. Situational Influences; Context; Culture 5. Interpersonal Interaction; Communication; Personality 6. Summary of the Problems Facing Soldiers in Negotiation Contexts, and the Key Factors in Tactical Negotiation; Situational factors; Mission and Time; Force; Operational factors; Duress;

Temperament and Emotion; Training and pre-deployment briefing 7. A case-study from a peacekeeping operation: Liberian 8. Case studies from the United Nations Protection Force in Bosnia 1992-1993 9. A Comparative Case Study: Sierra Leone 10. A model for military negotiation. 'DIAMOND' Conclusions: Summary of Case-Studies and Implications for a Proposed New Model of Military Negotiation Suggestions for future research Appendices


About the Author

Dr Deborah Goodwin is a MoD Subject Matter Expert on Military Negotiation, particularly crisis negotiation. As a Senior Lecturer at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, she both lectures and writes on the subject of negotiation in the national and international arena. A published author already, she is leading the world research into peacekeeping dynamics, and furthering an understanding on what is going on when someone negotiates. She has trained some 6500 peacekeepers worldwide in the last 10 years.

About the Series

Cass Series on Peacekeeping

This series examines all aspects of peacekeeping, from the political, operational and legal dimensions to the developmental and humanitarian issues that must be dealt with by all those involved with peacekeeping in the world today.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security