Comments: Why Has Negotiation Gotten a Bad Name?

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John R. Helie   11/01/05
Leading the way
If you are not yet aware of Joshua's latest endeavors along these lines, you might want to check outr his Audio Blog at not only interesting negotiation information , but a real cutting edge endeavor. John Helie

Hani Naser, Claremont CA     03/29/03
Thank you
Thank you Josh for your enlightning article. You clearly pointed out that mediation/negotiation is needed now more then ever. Peace, Hani Naser,Mediator

Ramona Buck, Baltimore MD   03/24/03
Thank you for this article. I thought it was well stated and brings up at least two important points that I have not heard clearly stated before - one, that communication goes on all the time and that therefore, you need to communicate as clearly as possible, and two, that negotiation, at its best, is a strength, not a weakness. I wish that elected U.S. leaders could have more advice of this kind and that they would pay attention to it.

Joshua Weiss, Springfield MA     03/20/03
Yes -- that is exactly why I wrote the piece. I have been amazed at how diplomatically inept the US has been lately and how the concept of negotiation has been dragged through the mud. Thanks for your thoughts. Josh

Tom , Seattle WA   03/19/03
Lack of diplomacy
The Bush administration's approach to the UN resolutions on Iraq is a good example. The team started off by telling the UN that the U.S. didn't need anyone to go to war with Iraq. This heavyhanded approach was later followed by attempts to win people over to their cause, but always with the threat of unilateral action behind. The fact that very few nations now want to support this "coalition of the bought and paid for" shows just how badly the Bush team negotiated. They tried to bully the rest of the world into doing it their way, the the world said no. The huge cost to rebuild Iraq after this debacle will now have to be shouldered by the american taxpayer, thanks to our bungling commander and chief.