The current challenges to multilateralism highlight the demand for more effective negotiation practices, as the very basis for international cooperation. So, we are even more excited to give you a first look at the key dimensions required to run a successful major global facilitation process, such as on climate change or world trade. These seven dimensions are informed by our comprehensive experience of these processes and our original research in this field. We are also launching an Advisory Board of outstanding professors and expert practitioners whose invaluable experience will further strengthen our work on multilateral cooperation.

This progress rests on solid foundations. We continue building on the experiences from our support for the climate summits in Paris, Marrakech and Bonn, and the WTO summit in Buenos Aires. We are excited to share these latest updates with you. If you want to learn more or support us, please reach out to kai.monheim@cemune.org.

Best regards
Dr Kai Monheim and Dr Magnus Lundgren

Director and Deputy Director
Centre for Multilateral Negotiations

Seven Dimensions: A Blueprint for Effective Negotiation Management


How do you distinguish the different aspects of negotiation management? Our research team has defined seven categories: preparing the ground, teamwork, communication, key organisers and facilitators, informal dialogues, non-party stakeholders and convergence strategies. These reference points make it possible to accurately identify areas of improvement, risks and benefits linked to all parts of the negotiation process. Discover the first outline of this unique strategic tool in more detail here. Expect updates on this project as we continue to develop it further, and reach out to Magnus if you like to get involved (magnus.lundgren@cemune.org).

Visit our interactive graphic to explore all facets of the negotiation process.

Our Advisory Board with Lead Academics and Expert Practitioners


Deep process expertise is the foundation of successful negotiation management. To this end, we are proud to announce the launch of our advisory board as of fall 2018. The board is composed of expert practitioners that have all facilitated key global negotiations for many years in trade and environment, amongst others. This circle is complemented by leading academics in the field of international cooperation, specifically on global negotiations. The group will provide strategic guidance on our advisory projects and afford input to our research leveraging their outstanding expertise in the field.

We are very grateful to all members of the board. In the following we will introduce two members of our advisory board. For a complete overview, please visit cemune.org/advisory-board.

photo.jpg Richard Kinley is the Former Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC). Prior to that, he held many senior positions including Coordinator of Intergovernmental and Conference Affairs (2000-2006). As one of the masterminds behind the strategy of the Paris Agreement, Mr. Kinley is a highly revered practitioner.

photo.jpg John S. Odell is Professor Emeritus of International Relations at the University of Southern California. His core research field is the governance of the world economy. Being one of the world’s leading scholars on global negotiations, he has published widely on global negotiations, among others on trade, exchange rates and debt, including in the WTO and IMF.

Research Tips


As always, we provide you with three intriguing new publications on multilateral negotiations that advance research and understanding of the field:


For more detailed information on our recent and upcoming projects we invite you to visit our website cemune.org or connect with us via LinkedIn.

Dr Kai Monheim, Director

Dr Magnus Lundgren, Deputy Director

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Newsletter No. 1/2018