Each of you, in your individual role as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Environment, or Trade, is responsible for being able to give an overview/description of the issues in your area of expertise that will provide background on what you need to know to make good decisions in the negotiations. It is important is that you have a sense of what you consider to be the most important issues to discuss, and why. This means that your analysis of current issues is important, and that you cannot just identify issues/problems but must address why and how they are important.
We are going to do two concept mapping exercises, first considering your country, and then considering your role. On your concept map, you'll start mapping out what you already know AND what questions you have/what you think you will need to know in order to play your role effectively. As you map it out, pay particular attention to these areas:
After you've started thinking through some of the various aspects of your issue, consider how you will find and access the conversations happening about the issue that you've chosen. Who do you think are the academic voices in this conversation? What type of researcher is likely to be writing about this issue? Who are the non-academic voices in this conversation? Where can you look to follow THOSE conversations?
Tracking & Sharing Sources
It's critical that you keep track of your sources, both for your own purposes of creating accurate citations, and also to be able to effectively share resources with your team. Consider: