lighting, Diplomacy

WebDebate: Why and how to teach negotiations?

06 September 2016 -


Event description

Our September WebDebate focuses on the questions of why and how to teach negotiations. Some would argue that negotiation skills cannot be taught and are only acquired through practice. While it is true that any skill is honed through deliberative practice, Prof. Raymond Saner and Prof. Paul Meerts, the guests of our September WebDebate, will argue that teaching negotiations is not only possible but absolutely crucial. 

[UPDATE] Read the follow-up blog post watch the recording from the September WebDebate:

YouTube player

During a debate on how to develop one of the core skills of diplomatic practice, the presenters will include examples and point to best practices from their own rich experience as teachers of international negotiations. The topics under debate will be crucial points for reflection for practitioners and academics alike. The WebDebate will be moderated by Diplo director Dr Jovan Kurbalija.

Join us for our next WebDebate on Tuesday, 6th September at 11:00 UTC (13.00 CEST). Register to reserve your place.

The WebDebates on the future of diplomacy are livestreamed on the first Tuesday of every month. They are organised by DiploFoundation within the framework of the International Forum on Diplomatic Training (IFDT). Learn more about our series of WebDebates.

If you form part of a dynamic circle of practitioners in your community, we encourage you to establish a diplomatic hub to follow the WebDebates and to facilitate discussions. For more information, contact Ms Mina Mudric, DiploFoundation.


Prof. Raymond Saner teaches international and multi-stakeholder negotiations at the University of Basel (Switzerland) and at Sciences Po, Paris and is Director of DiplomacyDialogue at the Centre for Socio-Eco-Nomic DevelopmenCSEND) in Geneva (Switzerland).

Prof. Paul Meerts is Senior Research Associate and former Deputy General-Director of Clingendael Institute. He is also a Visiting Professor in international negotiation analysis at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.


For background readings, consult: