Category Archives: Analyzing Opponents

Do Negotiators Adapt their Message to Communicate with Competing Parties?

In a recent article appearing in Policy Science  Political Scientists Mark McBeth, Donna Lybecker and James Stoutenborough examined the reasons why negotiators might switch between “personal message choice” and “public communication choice.” They describe public communication choice as a message … Continue reading

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Choosing the Right Representative

  I have been reading an interesting history of a slice of diplomacy from the Second World War. President Roosevelt used personal representatives–often informally–to help him understand and coordinate with our allies. This led me to thinking about choosing the right … Continue reading

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Addiction to Fear: The Importance of Frames

Often, when we interview parties in a dispute, we find that they have focused on the threats posed by their adversaries. In these situations, it is important to step back and examine the threats as objectively as possible. A recent … Continue reading

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POWER, TRUSTWORTHINESS AND WILLINGNESS TO NEGOTIATE

by Cindy T. Christen, Ph.D. Most investigations of the negotiation process assume that the parties to a conflict are willing to participate in formal negotiations. In reality, a number of factors can influence a party’s willingness to consider negotiation as … Continue reading

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American Negotiating Style: Part 2

How do others see us? This is a great question and it is especially important to understand how we are viewed as negotiators. (Click here to read Part 1) Recently, I was teaching the negotiation segment of a course at … Continue reading

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American Negotiating Style, Part 1

In recent years there has been a good deal written about the American style of negotiation. The information helps diplomats and can be a lesson for Americans negotiating with each other. Knowing about negotiation style helps us understand where others are … Continue reading

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Stakeholders

One of the most frequent questions we are asked is about stakeholders. Who are stakeholders in a negotiation, how do you identify them, and how do you work with them? We have written about stakeholders and talked about working with … Continue reading

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