The PIN Group is in Istanbul on 24, 25 and 26 May as a guest of Bahçeşehir University. On 25 May the latest research on the negotiations in the Arab Spring (PIN's Negotiations in Transitions project) will be presented and discussed. In the afternoon of 26 May there is a roundtable on Syria.
Two of the most recent PIN Books (Engaging Extremists and Negotiating with Terrorists) are listed in the top 150 books on terrorism by Perspectives on Terrorism. The PIN books were edited by Guy Oliver Faure and I. William Zartman. More information on the books can be found in the publication section.
State of the art training in international negotiations with Raymond Saner.
The PIN Book Negotiating with Terrorists; Strategy, Tactics and Politics, edited by Guy Olivier Faure and I. William Zartman, is now available in a Chinese edition. The book is published by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and available for just 4 euro to make the book broadly accessible. It can be ordered here: http://book.douban.com/subject/10446279/
The latest issue of PINPoints (number 37) is now available for download. The issue contains articles on negotiatings in transitions, understanding evil, cooperation in Central Asia and understanding the EU as a negotiating actor.
On Monday 6 June PIN organized a book workshop to kick off their latest project: Negotiation in Transition, with a focus on North Africa and the Middle East. Who should talk to whom and why? How to identify the right negotiation partners (the choice for partners influence the negotiation result and also the sustainability of the deal)? How can the diametrical opposed interested be alligned (the regime wants to stay on, protesters want the regime to leave)?
The PIN SC is in Tunis late January 2011 for the second book workshop in the Negotiations in Transitions Project. In this extremely timely and relevant project academics and practitioners look at popular uprisings and the complicated negotiation process that follows. Most case studies come from the Arab Spring, supported by older transitions such as South Africa and Serbia. The project started in June 2011 and will continue throughout 2012. The end product will be a book which will be published in 2013.
At the end of October (28 and 29) PIN will visit Tashkent, Uzbekistan for a roadshow. PIN was invited to come to Tashkent by Dr Rustam Kasymov, the rector of the University of World Economy and Diplomacy. The roadshow is organized by Ambassador Dr. Alisher Faizullaev, who is a Professor in the Department of Practical Diplomacy and Director of the Negotiation Laboratory at this university.
From 6 to 9 June PIN organized together with Clingendael the First International Negotiations Week. The week started on Monday with the book workshop Negotiation in Transition and ended on Wednesday and Thursday with two topical seminars on engaging extremists and on negotiating with Chinese respectively (reports will follow soon). In between were a lecture and dinner at the International Table of Sociëteit de Witte in The Hague, the internal meeting of the PIN SC and a lunch seminar at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Second International Negotiations Week is planned for late June 2012, exact dates and location to be announced.
The latest issue of PINPoints (number 36) is now available for download. The issue contains articles on negotiating with extremists, an analysis of the failed negotiations during the Manila hostage situation in 2010, an overview of the developments in the Middle East, the chances for negotiations for a nuclear free world and much more. Since this is the first PINPoints released after PIN moved to Clingendael, it has a new and fresh design with the same look and feel as the new website.
After being located for 20 years at IIASA in Austria, on January 1 PIN has moved to Clingendael. With the arrival of PIN, Clingendael wants to expand its activities related to international negotiation. The knowledge and expertise from the PIN network will strengthen Clingendael research, training and seminars.
In a globalising world the art of negotiating becomes ever more important. Growing interdependency has made negotiating an indispensable tool in the international political arena. Complex problems in the fields of economy, trade, energy, environment, politics and security require intensive international negotiations in a multilateral setting. Conducting such negotiations is a professional art.