Introduction: Explaining North-South Negotiations
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North-South encounters are full of exhortation. The weak states keep on clamoring outside the boat, fitfully struggling but never sinking, while the strong states throw them bread, discuss philosophy, and consider their fate. New international law or regulations were necessitated by technological advances in other subject areas, requiring global conferences on specific subjects such as maritime relations or telecommunications. The crisis dimension also had negative effects in the first half of the 1980s, pushing the parties to the bottom line of “each one for itself.” In a situation of conflict and stalemate, where a problem cannot be gotten rid of even by the stronger side in the conflict, negotiation is an appropriate means of handling the problem. War is studied and taught as a process, as are many other things such as cooking, tennis, and expository writing. Determinacy does not kill debate, as any economist, political scientist, or philosopher knows, but it does deflect attention from process.