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Should Mediators “Evaluate?”

Here is a quote from a blurb that recently appeared in the International Chamber of Commerce webpage: “..the benefit of mediation was seen as lying in the mediator’s ability to look beyond the polarised positions of the parties and find … Continue reading

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Lessons from Diplomacy: Learning the Discipline of Negotiation

What can we learn from the practice of diplomacy that will help us negotiate? Whether it is natural resources, workplace conflict, or local policy disputes there are some golden rules to help us. The Public Diplomacy Council recently published an … 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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Keys to Negotiation 12: Personal Bonds

  We often say of negotiation that it is important to establish personal connections. Sometimes this is interpreted to mean that we should get to know the other stakeholders, maybe through social interactions. Social interactions are certainly important, but recent … 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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Keys to Negotiation 12 — When to Come In

On April 13, 2011, Terry Gross interviewed Tina Fey on the NPR radio program Fresh Air.  They had a nice long chat about comedy, acting, and life in general prompted by the publication of Fey’s autobiography. When talking about her … 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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