Početna Graduate StudiesMasters degreeGraduate Academic International Studies – MA in Political Science – International StudiesModule: International PoliticsMultilateral Diplomacy

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Multilateral Diplomacy

  • Study programme/study programmes: Graduate academic international politics – master
  • Type and level of studies: 2nd cycle studies
  • Name of the course: Multilateral Diplomacy
  • Teacher (Surname, middle initial, name): Prof. Jelica D. Stefanović
  • Status of the course: Elective
  • Number of ECTS: 5
  • Teaching methods:Lectures (presentation and discussion)
  • Number of classes:2+2
  • Eligibility: Student must also attend the course International Economy – Theory and Politics

Aim and outcome of the course

The course studies the process and procedural side of negotiation in contemporary multilateral diplomatic structures. The aim of the course is to offer in-depth practical knowledge about leading of negotiations within the framework of selected international organizations and multilateral institutions and manners in which membership in some of them is negotiated. Students are introduced into specificities of “permanent multilateral negotiation” as one of the most important functions of multilateral organizations. The course explains direct dependence of realization of posed goals of participants in negotiation on detailed knowledge of procedure and techniques of negotiation, which are different in different international organizations and institutions, although all of them belong to the same multilateral family. The course shall study the process and procedural characteristics of negotiations with organizations with limited memberships and the conditions which should be defined in preceding negotiations and fulfilled for negotiations on membership to be open. This practically oriented course enables students to gain and improve the knowledge, capacities and skills necessary for multilateral negotiation in a set of international institutions and about the admittance into the membership of some of them.

Acquisition of knowledge about the process and procedural specificities of leading of negotiations in selected multilateral institutions and about membership in some of them, necessary for essential preparation of policies, adjustment of goals and creation of negotiation platform. Students are trained for: analysis of procedure, regulation and management of negotiation process and negotiation techniques. They gain necessary skills of: convincing, negotiation, trial proposals, sponsorship of proposals, withdrawal of proposals, submission of counter-proposals and selection of right timing, creation of coalitions necessary for decision-making or blockade of decisions, as well as of relation with media and with important parts of interested public.

Content of the course
Theoretical teaching
Structure and functions of contemporary multilateral diplomacy; Multilateral negotiation: “logic of the multi-board game”; Procedural characteristics of multilateral conference negotiations; Negotiation in the UN; How is it negotiated in the World Trade Organization? How is the process of negotiation about the membership in the World Trade Organization carried out? Negotiation in the Council of Europe; Characteristics of negotiation in the EU; How does the EU negotiate on international conferences? “Club” style of the EU negotiations with candidate countries; Negotiation in the NATO and negotiations about the NATO membership; Characteristics of negotiation in the OSCE; Rules of successful multilateral negotiation
Practical teaching: Exercises, Other modes of teaching, Study research work
Test of knowledge I; Test of knowledge II
a) basic (pp. 386 in total)
1. Jelica Stefanović, Multilateralna diplomatija: primeri (prepared case studies and drafts of lectures
(13×3): total 120 pages and Power Points slides /13×21/ 2. Ronald A. Walker, Multilateral Conferences: Purposeful
International Negotiation, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2004, Part II «Process and Strategy»: 55-105 (total 50) 3. Рobert D. Putnam, “Diplomacy and Domestic Politics: The Logic of Two-Level Games”, International Organization, 42, 1988: 427-460 (total 33) 4. Negotaiting European Union (eds.) P. W. Meerts, F. Cede, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2004: 1- 127 (total 127) 5. Thomas G. Weiss, David P. Forsythe, Roger A. Coate, The United Nations and Changing World Politics, 4 th edn., Boulder Co.: Westview Press, 2004: 93-125; 323-347 (total 56)
б) additional
1. Jennifer Mitzen, «Reading Habermas in Anarchy: Multilateral Diplomacy and Global Public Spheres», American Political
Science Review, vol. 99, no. 3, 2005: 401-417 2. Multilateral Diplomacy and the United Nations Today (eds.) James P. Muldoon Jr., Joann Fagot Aviel, Richard Reitano, Earl Sullivan, Boulder Co.: Westview Press, 1999 3. Sydney Bailey, Sam Daws, The Procedure of the UN Security Council, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998. 4. Innovation in Multilateralism (ed.) M. G Schechter, London: Macmillan, 1998 5. International Multilateral Negotiation: Approaches to the Management of Complexity (ed.) I. W. Zartman, San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Inc. Publishers, 1994 6. John Gerard Ruggie, “Multilateralism: The Anatomy of an Institution,” International Organization 46, 3 (Summer 1992): 561-598

Assessment of knowledge

Pre-examination commitments

  • Activity during the lectures 10+10
  • Colloquium(a) 10+10

Final examination

  • Oral examination 60