Culture, Power and International Negotiations: Understanding Palau—US Status Negotiations



Not even one-tenth of the way into his magisterial, and never self-wounding, recounting of his years as Richard Nixon’s national security advisor, Henry Kissinger recalls his first visit (in that capacity) to Italy: ‘I have always loved the stark beauty of the country and extraordinary humanity of its people.’ He goes on:

But every visit confirmed that Italy followed different political laws and had a different concept of the role of the state from that of the rest of Western Europe. Perhaps Italians were too civilized, too imbued with the worth of the individual to make the total commitment to political goals that for over a century and a half had driven the rivalries and ambitions of the other countries of Europe.


Conflict Resolution International Relation Free Association International Negotiation Negotiation Journal 
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