Negotiating Transnational Issues

split image of tree; healthy on left side, dead on the rightMany of today's most pressing issues have causes and consequences that do not fit neatly within the borders of a single country. Some of these transnational issues attract the involvement of a wide variety of different actors, including individual activists, NGOs, terrorists, corporations, governments, and international governmental organizations. While some present a clear threat to national security or interests, (e.g., terrorism or epidemics), others produce effects that are much more abstract, diffuse, uneven, or ambiguous (e.g., overfishing, pollution, genetically-modified crops, or climate change). While the international system continues to rely heavily on states to address these transnational issues, the negotiations are often exceptionally complex because of the number of actors and the fact that the distributions of power, desired outcomes, and issue salience are seldom aligned.

skull and crossbones flag pins, marked "TERROR,&quote stuck in map of EuropeTeach Global Negotiation Skills through Simulations!

We highlight ICONS negotiation simulations below that enable students to gain deeper understanding of complex topics and experience the challenges actors face when seeking to overcome collective action problems to address these tough, broad issues. You can also explore the full ICONS catalog with all 20 available simulations.

Featured Simulations:

The Future of Global Food SecurityGlobal Food Security – Addressing one of the most fundamental human needs, a diverse group of stakeholders come together to explore sustainable and resilient ways to feed the world. Read more about "The Future of Global Food Security", a food security negotiation simulation.

Piracy off the Somali CoastInternational Piracy – As rampant piracy emanates from a failed state to threaten global and regional trade, international and domestic actors come together to find a comprehensive solution. Read more about "Piracy off the Somali Coast", a transnational security negotiation simulation.

Confronting GlobalizationGlobalization – In the face of a wide range of both positive and negative effects of globalization, state delegations form an international commission to study and adopt policies to regulate globalization. Read more about "Confronting Globalization", a globalization negotiation simulation.

International Whaling CommissionSustainable Whaling – Economic need and conservationist outrage come to a head as states negotiate within the world body regulating whaling amid allegations of cheating and threats of dissolution. Read more about "International Whaling Commission", an ecological negotiation simulation.

Borders, Environment, and Trade in the AmericasRegional Cooperation – National representatives negotiate regional solutions within the Western Hemisphere to address pressing issues of licit and illicit international trade, economic development, and environmental degradation. Read more about "Borders, Environment, and Trade in the Americas", a regional transnational negotiation simulation.

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