- Class Number 3961
- Term Code 3030
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Benjamin Day
- Dr Benjamin Day
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 24/02/2020
- Class End Date 05/06/2020
- Census Date 08/05/2020
- Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
Negotiation and conflict resolution are central features of the study and practice of diplomacy. This course explores the causes of conflict (and peace) and examines various mechanisms that are employed by the international community in an attempt to address interstate and intrastate conflict. It also provides students with an opportunity to study the theory and practice of the essential diplomatic art of negotiation. This course introduces and examines the international framework for negotiation and conflict resolution. It surveys the causes and character of conflict and explores a wide range of mechanisms for inter-state and intra-state conflict resolution. Three broad and topical concepts of diplomacy - 'preventive diplomacy', 'coercive diplomacy' and 'peacebuilding diplomacy' - are used to demarcate different phases and types of conflict management. In our consideration of preventive diplomacy we examine the preventive measures of peaceful settlement contained in Chapter VI of the United Nations Charter, such as negotiation, mediation, arbitration and adjudication. In our examination of coercive diplomacy we discuss coercive measures for preventing and resolving conflict, such as sanctions and use of force provided for in Chapter VII of the UN Charter. Finally, we use the notion of peacebuilding diplomacy to examine the mechanisms that help shape peacebuilding interventions in conflict and post-conflict zones, such as peace processes and multidimensional peace operations.
As part of this course students undertake an intensive negotiation workshop. This flagship element of the Master of Diplomacy program provides students with first-hand exposure to the challenges of managing conflict through diplomatic negotiation. You will acquire and refine new negotiation and mediation skills and techniques through a variety of learning methods, including workshop discussion, demonstration, practice and simulation. The Negotiation Workshop aims to develop the ability of students to think politically and strategically, to examine key elements in the planning and conduct of negotiation and mediation, to identify essential qualities and skills for effective negotiation and mediation, and to consolidate this knowledge through practical exercises that simulate real-world diplomatic negotiations.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Analyse and evaluate the nature and causes of contemporary political conflicts.
- Explain and examine the United Nations Charter framework for negotiation and conflict resolution and its application to inter-state and intra-state political conflicts.
- Recognise, apply and respond to different strategies of diplomatic negotiation.
- Critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different mechanisms of preventive, coercive and peacebuilding diplomacy.
- Design strategies for evaluating and responding to different forms of inter-state and intra-state political conflict.
There is no required text for this course. However, students should consider consulting the following texts:
· Berridge, Geoff. 2015. Diplomacy: Theory and Practice. Fifth edition. Houndmills, Basingstoke; New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.
· Kerr, Pauline, and Geoffrey Wiseman, eds. 2018. Diplomacy in a Globalizing World: Theories and Practices. Second Edition. New York: Oxford University Press.
· Constantinou, Costas M., Pauline Kerr, and Paul Sharp, eds. 2016. The SAGE Handbook of Diplomacy. Los Angeles: SAGE.
· Fisher, Roger, William Ury, and Bruce Patton. 2011. Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement without Giving In. 3rd ed., rev. Ed. New York: Penguin.
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
Student FeedbackANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Seminar 1: Course Introduction|
|2||Seminar 2: Conflict & Negotiation: Context & Concepts|
|3||Seminar 3: Preventive Diplomacy|
|4||Seminar 4: Coercive Diplomacy|
|5||Seminar 5: Peacebuilding Diplomacy|
|6||Seminar 6: Negotiation in Practice|
|7||Intensive Negotiation Workshop Group 1: UNSC simulation 9am – 4.00pm each day - Monday to Thursday||Delivered by Ambassador Peter Rodgers|
|8||Intensive Negotiation Workshop Group 2: UNSC simulation 9am – 4.00pm each day - Tuesday to Friday||Delivered by Ambassador Peter Rodgers|
|10||Seminar 7: Course Review: Negotiating Future Conflicts|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Conflict Situation Brief||25 %||22/03/2020||06/04/2020||1,2|
|Research Essay||40 %||19/04/2020||04/05/2020||1,5,6|
|Participation in Intensive Negotiation Workshop||10 %||*||*||3,4|
|Intensive Negotiation Workshop Report||25 %||24/05/2020||13/06/2019||3,4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of AssessmentMarks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2
Conflict Situation Brief
You are a member of the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres’ elite Policy Planning Unit. The UN Security Council has scheduled an urgent consultation with the UN Secretary-General to discuss how to respond to the latest developments in:
a. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (‘DPRK’ or ‘North Korea’);
c. Libya; and
You must choose one of these crises/conflict situations and prepare a concise policy brief for the Secretary-General, explaining:
1. The root cause of the crisis/conflict;
2. Critical recent developments;
3. Potential immediate Security Council responses (indicating whether they would fall under Chapters VI and/or VII of the UN Charter); and
4. Your recommended long-term policy recommendations and their likely diplomatic ramifications.
 Reading suggestion on policy planning at the UN: Abiodun Williams, “Strategic Planning in the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General,” Global Governance, vol. 16 (2010), pp. 435-449.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,5,6
You are to write a research essay that analyses the current ‘state of play’ regarding one of the three concepts of diplomacy highlighted in this course: preventive diplomacy; coercive diplomacy; or peacebuilding diplomacy.
Your essay should:
a. Document the historical and conceptual development of the concept;
b. Analyse the extent to which recent events or negotiations in one of the Course Case Studies (Libya, North Korea, Bougainville, Iran) challenge and/or confirm pre- existing understandings of the concept; and
c. Comment on the likely future development of the concept, especially considering points a) and b) above.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 3,4
Participation in Intensive Negotiation Workshop
Students will be assessed on their negotiating participation during the Intensive Negotiation Workshop, especially in the NSC simulation. Criteria for assessment include: strength of plenary advocacy; effectiveness of corridor engagement; and achieving the negotiating objectives outlined in diplomatic instructions.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 3,4
Intensive Negotiation Workshop Report
You are required to submit a report, addressed to the capital of the delegation that you represented in the Negotiation Workshop, updating your capital on the state of play at the conclusion of the negotiation. It will contain analytical reporting on:
a. How the negotiations unfolded;
b. Who the most influential delegations were and why;
c. A critical evaluation of your delegation’s achievements; and
d. Proposed priority objectives for your delegation for the next round of negotiations on the same issue.
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Foreign Policy Analysis; International Development; Australian Foreign Policy
Dr Benjamin Day