Challenges of Diplomatic Negotiation

There are innumerable challenges that affect diplomatic negotiation processes and endeavors. While the challenges that affect this process differ depending on the type of diplomatic negotiations, Policy Brief reveals four main challenges cut across the board. These challenges include violence, complexity, bureaucracy, and people (Meerts, 2015a). In diplomatic negotiations, violence implies peaceful war. However, the diplomatic negotiation process is always under constant threat of destruction in cases where the diplomatic parties may resort to violent actions as the most effective action that may defend their interests. Scholars assess that the main opinion is that violence becomes particularly prevalent when the various actors within the diplomatic negotiations are as a mutually hurting stalemate. While this state may lead to various problems, it may create an opportunity for a mutual and peaceful exit approach that benefits all the parties. 

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Most diplomatic negotiations are often deemed to have some extent of complexity. Today, the world is changing and advancing rapidly. Thus, countries face an array of issues that continue to grow exponentially. In turn, this leads to an enhancement of complexity within diplomatic negotiations horizontally and vertically. Meerts (2015a) reveals that horizontal diplomatic negotiations complexity often occurs due to the actors portraying relative strengths and weaknesses of their organizations, thereby having a centrifugal impact while pushing for their interests. On the other hand, vertical diplomatic negotiations complexity is a more influential type since it involves the media as part of the actors, thereby enhancing transparency and promoting the various diplomats or countries to reach a peaceful and mutually beneficial consensus. 

Consequently, bureaucracy presents a challenge to diplomatic negotiations since the various actors advocate for their individual interests that may not conform with the state’s interests. Meerts (2015a) reveals that for diplomatic negotiations to be successful, it is vital for the actors (in this case, diplomats) to act according to the interest of the countries they are representing rather than their personal interests. The lack thereof this aspect reveals that there is the presence of bureaucracy which may inhibit diplomatic negotiations. Lastly, people are always linked with negative factors that may otherwise affect the negotiation process. People may exhibit characteristics such as impatience, egoism, and stupidity, thus inhibiting the diplomatic negotiation processes. 

Emmanuel Addo

Emmanuel Addo is the founder of the Young Global Leaders Network, an international non-governmental organization registered in six (6) countries namely, Ghana, United Kingdom, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo, and South Sudan and has a membership strength of over 15,000 young black professionals, students, graduates, and aspiring leaders.

The organization also operates in 25 other African countries. Emmanuel also doubles as the chief convener and founder of the Young African Leaders Summit, one of the largest continental youth summits in Africa.  

Currently works at Kingston University as a Business Engagement Team Member in their Partnerships and Engagement Department. 

He characterizes energy, integrity, result-oriented, and ground-breaking service in each detail of strategic management, change management, stakeholder management, and leadership acquaintances.
Emmanuel owns a core background in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Ghana.

Leveraging his experience as a youth activist and a dynamic young man, Emmanuel founded the Young Global Leaders Network, a youth organization that comprises young diplomats, young politicians, and aspiring politicians, business/entrepreneurial business leaders with the aim of championing a mutual agenda for the African youth and promoting youth participation in governance as well as promoting entrepreneurial culture.
Emmanuel nurtures an environment of teamwork and has expertise in data collection and analysis as well as both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Emmanuel worked as an Associate Lecturer at the London College of Advanced Management where he delivered a wide range of business management courses that involved principles of marketing, leadership, operation management, and research methods. Emmanuel has always maintained high teaching and learning standards to ensure that his students’ stand out in academic achievements and successful progression. As a stout believer and passionate key player in volunteering; Emmanuel creates quality time to giving back gladly to his community what he has learned and to educate individuals with free consultancy on career development. He is a leader anyone would love to look up to and with great integrity, commitment, and passion to make the world a better place.
Emmanuel worked as Qualifications Manager at the Open University in the UK.

Emmanuel is also the founder of Kickstart Innovation Hub Ltd, the entrepreneurial hub of Young Global Leaders Network.