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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Final Post in Series--HBR's Top 10 Breakthrough Ideas for 2010: Negotiation

#10 Negotiation: Independent Diplomacy: Why pretend that only nation-states shape international affairs (by Carne Ross). International politics and diplomacy has long been the sole province of established nations like the US, Britain and France. However, such states are not alone in determining the fate of the world. Afghanistan, the Congo, the Sudan, and others impact on the world stage everyday but have no legitimate voice in the world.

The Breakthrough Idea: Develop a system that allows smaller states to have an independent voice in international affairs. This author offers the following: “My experience has taught me this: Outcomes are determined by those who join in, who act. When all is connected and every action has international consequences, everyone can be an independent diplomat.”

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