Group Decision and Negotiation

, Volume 23, Issue 6, pp 1281–1300 | Cite as

Emotional Change in International Negotiation: Analyzing the Camp David Accords Using Cognitive-Affective Maps

  • Scott D. Findlay
  • Paul ThagardEmail author


This paper uses a new diagramming method, cognitive-affective mapping, to analyze the emotional changes in the 1978 Camp David negotiations that led to a breakthrough accord between Egypt and Israel. We use the technique to model the mental states of the two primary negotiators, Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin, based on detailed descriptions provided in Jimmy Carter’s memoirs. From Carter’s account of the emotional states of the Egyptian and Israeli leaders, we generate maps that show how the attitudes of both Sadat and Begin shifted over the course of the deliberations, eventually leading to resolution of a major conflict. Such methods for facilitating recognition and reconciliation of emotional differences between disputants may contribute to movement toward peaceful and satisfying settlements.


Emotion Negotiation Camp David accords Cognition Diagrams Conflict resolution Attitudes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of WesternOntario, LondonCanada

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