Six-party talks and negotiation strategy: when do we get there?

Virginie Grzelczyk*

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Over the past decade, multiple attempts have been made to curb North Korea's development of a nuclear program. Major world powers such as the United States and China have reached out to Pyongyang through bilateral and multilateral negotiation processes. The Six-Party Talks, the current negotiation mechanism used to discuss options for a potential denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, have brought back hopes that a deal might one day be reached. What type of framework is provided by the Six-Party Talks? How have parties' negotiation behaviors been influenced by the Talks, and how have they in turn impacted the process? Could this negotiation mechanism eventually become more institutionalized? Although this process has not yet emerged as a successful example of an institution that can influence North Korea's determination to become a nuclear power, it has moved beyond its infancy and should be considered a viable tool within foreign policy options.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-119
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Negotiation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • denuclearization
  • foreign policy
  • international security
  • negotiation
  • North Korea
  • six-party talks


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