Alumni Senior Fellow

Prof. Faten Ghosn

Alumni Fellows

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Schifferstraße 44
47059 Duisburg

Tel:  +49 (0)203 29861-134
Fax: +49 (0)203 379-5276
E-mail: ghosn@spam


Prof. Faten Ghosn joined Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a Senior Fellow. She conducted her research in Research Unit 3 'Global Governance Revisited' from May to August 2016 and June to July 2017.

Research Project at the Centre

Getting to the Table & Getting to Yes: A New Outlook on Negotiations

The main aim of the project is to analyze negotiations as a strategy of states by focusing on two key research questions: 1) why do states decide to negotiate? And 2) given that states are negotiating, what factors lead them to reach an agreement? Building on the negotiation literature, one can divide these factors into two categories: macro-level variables related to the disagreement itself and to the parties involved, and micro-level variables related to the negotiations themselves. Most studies have focused on the former with little empirical work done on the latter. However, by focusing solely on the factors related to the dispute and disputants we ignore the potential importance of the dynamic nature of the negotiations themselves, which in turn could have an impact on whether or not an agreement is reached. As a result, I argue that to have a better understanding of negotiation outcomes we need to start by analyzing why states decide to negotiate in the first place, and second, once they are at the negotiating table how do macro and micro-level variables interact to impact the outcome of the negotiations.

Research Interests

  • Conflict Management
  • Negotiation
  • Middle East Politics
  • Peace Agreements
  • Refugees
  • Terrorism and CVE (Countering Violent Extremism) Strategies
  • Transitional Justice

Current Projects

  • 'Ideological Differentiation among Sunni Militant Movements in Lebanon, 1990-2010', with Kanisha Bond
  • 'Role of Identity in Lebanon', with Ekrem Karakoc
  • 'Mapping Islamist Ideologies'


Since 08/2013 University of Arizona, Tucson, USA
School of Government and Public Policy, and Faculty of the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies
Associate Professor
08/2009-08/2013 University of Arizona
School of Government and Public Policy, and Faculty of the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies
Assistant Professor
08/2006-08/2009 University of Arizona
Department of Political Science, and Faculty of Near Eastern Studies
Assistant Professor


Bond, Kanisha, and Ghosn, Faten (2015): Cultural Similarity and Mediation Offers in Interstate Conflicts, 1945-1995, in: International Negotiation, 20: 269–90.

Joyce, Kyle, Ghosn, Faten, and Bayer, Resat (2014): Time to Join: Joining Ongoing Interstate Conflicts, 1816–2000, in: British Journal of Political Science.

Ghosn, Faten, and Khoury, Amal (2013): The Case of the 2006 War in Lebanon: Reparation? Reconstruction? Or Both?, in: International Journal of Human Rights 17 (1): 1–17.

Ghosn, Faten (2011): Influence of Domestic Politics on the Decision to Negotiate, in: International Negotiation 16 (1): 69–85.

Ghosn, Faten, and Khoury, Amal (2011): Lebanon after the Civil War: Peace or the Illusion of Peace?, in: Middle East Journal 65 (3): 381–97.

Ghosn, Faten (2010): Getting to the Table and Getting to Yes: An Analysis of International Negotiations, in: International Studies Quarterly 54 (4): 1055–72.

Ghosn, Faten (2009): Israel and Lebanon: A Precarious Relationship, in: Hassan Barari (ed.), The Middle East – Peace by Piece: The Quest for a Solution to the Arab-Israeli Conflict, Germany: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, 107–20.

Ghosn, Faten, Palmer, Glenn, and London, Tamar (2008): Negotiations, Guns and Money: Do Constrained Leaders Do Better?, in: Glenn Palmer (ed.), Causes and Consequences of
International Conflict: Data, Methods and Theory, New York: Routledge, 222–46.

Ghosn, Faten, Palmer, Glenn, and Bremer, Stuart (2004): The MID 3 Data Set, 1993-2001: Procedures, Coding Rules, and Description, in: Conflict Management and Peace Science 21 (2): 133–54.

Bremer, Stuart, and Ghosn, Faten (2003): Defining States: Reconsiderations and Recommendations, in: Conflict Management and Peace Science 20 (1): 21–42.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Armed Conflict and Conflict Management
  • International Politics of the Middle East
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Conflict Management
  • Scientific Study of Conflict

Expertise and Consulting Work

  • Conflict Processes
  • Negotiation
  • Lebanon
  • Militancy in Middle East

Seminars and Conferences

  • Moderated Panel: 'The Geopolitics of the Middle East', panel at the Return of Geopolitics, an International Conference sponsored by the World Society Foundation, Tucson, Arizona, USA, 4–5 April 2016
  • 'Iran Nuclear Agreement: Containment or Catastrophe?', panel hosted by Judaic Studies, COS, and SBS, University of Arizona, USA, 17 September 2015
  • 'ISIS and Al Qaeda: A Story of Outbidding and Collaboration in Lebanon and Syria', US Army War College, 18 December 2014
  • 'From the ME to Afghanistan and Back', presented at Afghanistan: A Regional Way Forward Conference, University of Pittsburgh, USA, 7–8 December 2013


  • International Studies Association
  • Treasurer, Peace Science Society


  • Advance Grant, University of Maryland, USA, Co-PI with Kanisha Bond and Lauren Jasny
  • Honors College Excellence in Teaching, 2016
  • Richard Ruiz Outstanding Faculty Fellow in Specialized Center, 2015–2016
  • USIP Case Study Competition, with Christina Sciabarra, 2012
  • Faculty Seed Grant Award, 2011
  • SBS Outstanding Dean’s Award for Excellence in Upper Division Teaching, 2010–2011
  • 5 Star Faculty Finalist, 2010
  • SBSRI Summer Research Grant Development Awards, 2008

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