1 The expression ‘secret negotiation’ (or, more broadly, ‘secret diplomacy’) would seem to be self-explanatory (Negotiation; Diplomacy). However, it has been used in more than one sense, and therefore requires some clarification. It is generally assumed that negotiations are secret when they are conducted in secluded places, to which other interested parties—individuals or entities—have no access to, or knowledge of, the course of the deliberations. Secrecy may be aimed at keeping the general public, the press, or non-governmental organizations (‘NGOs’), unaware...
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