Negotiation In The Trump Era

The recent inauguration of US President Donald Trump brings a new era of uncertainty to the international community, as many countries re-evaluate their relationships with the United States.

The role of the President as the chief negotiator of foreign policy is essential in maintaining global peace and security, and should not be taken lightly. Though he describes himself as an “expert negotiator”, the fact that Trump has caused considerable tension within his first few days in office has proven that he is in fact quite the opposite.

In this increasingly volatile climate, what does the behaviour of the US Head of State indicate for the future of negotiation, mediation and other dispute resolution practices?

In a recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald, regarding Trump’s rather ‘undiplomatic’ phone call with the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, the article’s authors Greg Miller and Philip Rucker stated: “Mr Trump’s behaviour suggests that he is capable of subjecting world leaders, including close allies, to a version of the vitriol he frequently employs against political adversaries and news organisations in speeches and on Twitter.”

A dangerous approach to diplomacy

Donald Trump is currently taking a very confrontational