"Suffer what they must?": Small states in international negotiations | University of Oxford

"Suffer what they must?": Small states in international negotiations

Quamrul Chowdhury (United Nations Climate Negotiator), Edwin Laurent (Director of the Ramphal Institute)
14:00
Blavatnik School of Government
10 Merton Street
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 4JJ
Lectures and seminars
Free
Yes
Required

Ever since Thucydides made his famous pronouncement on the Peloponnesian War - "the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must" - international relations scholars have assumed that smaller or poorer countries typically lose in international negotiations. This event asks: under what conditions can they succeed? Bringing together two veteran negotiators who have represented developing countries in climate, trade, and a variety of multilateral fora, the event will explore the strategies and tactics small states can use to make global governance work for them. The event is co-hosted by the Blavatnik School of Government and The Global Economic Governance Programme.