Lynn Wagner

Background and Education

Lynn M. Wagner received her Ph.D. from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Her research interests focus on the relationship between negotiation processes and outcomes, particularly for environmental negotiations. She co-edited, with Pamela Chasek, The Roads from Rio: Lessons Learned from Twenty Years of Multilateral Environmental Negotiations (2012), authored Problem-Solving and Bargaining in International Negotiations (2008), co-edited a special issue of International Negotiation Journal focused on international development negotiations, and authored numerous journal articles and book chapters on topics related to international negotiations.
Lynn Wagner regularly observes and analyzes multilateral environmental negotiations through her work with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and their publication, the Earth Negotiations Bulletin. She began working with IISD in 1994 and is currently the Senior Manager of IISD Reporting Services’ Knowledge Management Projects. In this capacity, she oversees all of IISD RS’ knowledgebases, including Climate Change Policy & Practice, Biodiversity Policy & Practice and Sustainable Development Policy & Practice. She is also Reporting Services’ thematic expert for Sustainable Development and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, and has attended negotiations for the Commission on Sustainable Development, the Global Environment Facility, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Convention on Biological Diversity, the 1995 World Summit on Social Development, the Fourth World Conference on Women, and Habitat II.
Wagner has taught courses at SAIS and the University of Nevada, Reno. She has also trained and worked as a mediator in the DC Superior Court Systems’ Multidoor Dispute Resolution service.

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2015-04-13 00:00:00 
Fall 2015 
This course wil...
This course will focus on environmental negotiations, especially two key processes that are to conclude in 2015: the negotiations to adopt the post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the negotiations to adopt a new climate change agreement under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. We will consider the lessons these negotiations provide for the evolution of the international sustainable development system as well as for negotiation theory. We will examine who participates in these negotiations and their incentives to favor or oppose agreements on environmental issues. 
The course will first examine the international negotiating system for environmental policy and examine how particular features of environmental issues influence international negotiations. Several sessions will be devoted to developing an understanding of negotiation theory and frameworks for analyzing negotiations. During these sessions, the class will use the readings to develop a framework for understanding and evaluating international negotiations. The course then turns to case studies, focusing in particular on the negotiation of the SDGs and the ongoing climate change negotiations. For each case, we will apply the framework that we developed during the first half of the class and evaluate alternative explanations for the negotiation outcomes. In addition to case studies, the class will simulate a number of negotiations.