US Negotiations: Masters of Defeats

Petras, James

Publisher:  Dissident Voice
Date Written:  11/03/2019
Year Published:  2019  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23573

A summary of several US attempts at diplomacy that have failed due to their unwillingness to make any concessions to the other party.




The US is currently engaged in negotiations with at least a dozen countries - which involve fundamental political, military and economic issues.

The US has adopted diplomatic strategies in the face of its 'inability' to secure military victories. The purpose of adopting a diplomatic approach is to secure through negotiations, in part or fully, goals and advantages unattainable through military means.

While diplomacy is less subject to military and economic losses it does require making concessions. Negotiations are only successful if there are reciprocal benefits to both parties.

Those regimes which demand maximum advantages and minimum concessions, usually fail or succeed because they are based on very unequal power relations.

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