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Jeff Thompson

New ISIS "Just Terror Tactics" Calls For Hostage Taking

(5/08/17)Jeff Thompson

This is important for crisis and hostage negotiators to read and understand as it presents the potential perspective of a terrorist-subject when the incident involves a hostage standoff situation.

Jeff Thompson

'Captive in the jungle' An Account From A Hostage Held By Terrorists

(12/23/16)Jeff Thompson

Marites Flor was held hostage in the Philippines alongside Canadians John Ridsdel and Robert Hall. She survived. They didn't. This is her story.

Jeff Thompson

"Talk to Me" - The NYPD Communication Campaign

(10/03/16)Jeff Thompson

"Talk To Me" is the NYPD's Suicide Prevention & Mental Illness Awareness Campaign. Social media is being used to share crisis communication skills, dispel myths, connect people with services, and more.

Claudia Maffettone

Principles and Practices of Peace and Conflict Resolution in Islam. The Case of Morocco.

(8/19/16)Claudia Maffettone

In this article I will offer a panoramic view on the concept of peace in Islam and on Islamic conflict resolution principles and practices. Albeit the overwhelming negative narratives on Islam, this religion and tradition is rooted in an articulate philosophy of peace, justice, reciprocity, and community.

Kristen Blankley

How to Make Mediation Safer in Cases of High Conflict

(8/02/16)Kristen Blankley

This article considers issues of safety in mediation, with practical advice for all mediators to consider before, during, and after a mediation session to ensure participant and mediator safety.

John Paul Lederach

Convincing Violent Groups to be Non-Violent - Video

(7/22/16)John Paul Lederach

John Paul Lederach describes discussing alternatives to violent conflict with groups who felt powerless and that violence was their only avenue of action. One method he uses is to ask them what violence has achieved historically.

Jeff Thompson

Hostage Negotiations: There are no simple answers, just harsh dilemmas

(7/15/16)Jeff Thompson

Canada does not pay ransom to terrorist kidnappers. It only feeds their appetites. The best way to fight this wave of violence is to say no.

Maria Simpson

Orlando and Radicalization

(6/27/16)Maria Simpson

As a former member of the IRA, and one who admits to violence, Sean O'Callaghan has clearer insights into this concept than a lot of commentators and psychologists who have not gone through this process and, more importantly, rejected it. His comments, made after the violence in France, are equally applicable to Orlando.

Jeff Thompson

Man With Gun During Standoff Streams It Live on Facebook

(5/20/16)Jeff Thompson

SWAT negotiation team discusses whether online technology in gun standoff helped resolve their dispute.

John Sturrock

The Middle East’s Mediator?

(4/29/16)John Sturrock

The Amman Message delivered by the Chief Justice of Jordan in 2004 is an extraordinary statement of tolerance and peace and deserves full reading by all who would comment on Muslim affairs. The Chief Justice emphasises peace, security, neighbourliness, coexistence and respect for others.

3 Powerful Conflict-Resolution Strategies From an Anti-terrorism Leader

(3/04/16)Bill Carmody, Aldo Civico

Every business person eventually runs into conflict. What you do next determines whether you advance forward or fall back.

Jeff Thompson

Oregon Standoff Ends and The Surrender Ritual: Saving Face, TPI's & More

(2/12/16)Jeff Thompson

The standoff in Oregon has concluded on Thursday after lasting for more than a month. The following article provides a great recap of the final moments and sheds some insight into the "surrender ritual"- the concluding moments of a a crisis/hostage incident.

Jeff Thompson

Testing the Role Effect in Terrorist Negotiations

(1/29/16)Jeff Thompson

Here's another great academic paper from Paul J. Taylor. This time he teamed with William Donohue (another great researcher/academic) to write Testing the Role Effect in Terrorist Negotiations.

Jeff Thompson

Talk the Talk: Negotiation with Somali Pirates

(12/18/15)Jeff Thompson

You have to be robust, but at the same time you have got to show that you understand how the negotiation process works.

Jeff Thompson

Negotiations & The Paris Terrorist Attack

(12/01/15)Jeff Thompson

Terrorists holding 20 people hostage in the Bataclan concert hall spoke to police negotiators five times on a mobile phone before officers finally stormed their hideout and brought the siege to an end.

John Lande

How Can We Help in Major Social Conflicts, If At All?

(11/13/15)John Lande

I have gotten emails from dispute resolution colleagues asking what we, in Missouri’s dispute resolution center, might do (or might have done) to help manage the conflict at our university more constructively.

Joe Markowitz

Quartet

(10/17/15)Joe Markowitz

The Quartet's work (recently honored with the Noble Peace Prize) illustrates two techniques favored by mediators: (1) acceptance by all of the feuding factions of a set of ground rules, and (2) encouragement of continued dialogue among all of the affected parties to the conflict.

Art Hinshaw

Negotiating with the Dangerous at Fordham Law School

(10/12/15)Art Hinshaw

This dispatch comes from Jackie Nolan-Haley (Fordham) discussing Monday’s program Negotiating with the Dangerous.

Joe Markowitz

Teamwork

(9/18/15)Joe Markowitz

My rabbi's Rosh Hashanah sermon this year concerned the important topic of healing the widening rifts in the Jewish community, which have broken out especially over the nuclear weapons deal with Iran. The problem he was talking about is not so much that there is disagreement about the advisability of this deal. Considering how troublesome and untrustworthy an adversary Iran has been, one would expect strong disagreements among supporters of Israel about how we should deal with that adversary.

Jeff Thompson

Crisis Negotiation: From Suicide to Terrorism Intervention

(8/28/15)Jeff Thompson

This is a snippet from a chapter which uses an account of a real-life crisis negotiation to explore what is know about these high-stakes, emotion-fueled interactions. We begin by reviewing literature relevant to four different interaction periods within the case: first impressions and the verbal and nonverbal factors that effect initial exchanges; rapport development and the communicative skills that facilitate information gathering; sensemaking and the frameworks that help negotiators understand the motivations of their interlocutor; and, influence strategies and their impact on moving a perpetrator from antagonism to cooperation.

Jeff Thompson

Obama Announces Change in Hostage Policy

(8/08/15)Jeff Thompson

President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the government will no longer threaten to criminally prosecute families of American hostages who pay ransom to get loved ones back from such groups as ISIS.

Joe Markowitz

Thirteen Days in September

(3/31/15)Joe Markowitz

Speaking of peace in the Middle East, I've been reading the new book about the Camp David negotiations by Lawrence Wright. Surprisingly, reading this account made me feel a little more hopeful about the prospects for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, the great unfinished business of the Camp David accords, even though the conventional wisdom in light of Prime Minister Netanyahu's recent re-election is that resolution of the issues in the territories is now a long ways off.

The Role of Intra-Group Consensus-Building in Disarming Militant Groups in Northern Ireland

(3/24/15)Ariel Heifetz Knobel, Gary Mason, Benedetta Berti

This study examines the internal process that led combatant groups in Northern Ireland, focusing on the Loyalist camp, to relinquish armed struggle as a viable strategy to accomplish their political goals. The study focuses on internal dynamics, i.e. intra-group negotiations and consensus- building mechanisms that Loyalist militant organisations employed to switch from violence to non-violence and from confrontation to engagement with their enemies.

John Wade

Negotiation Lessons from the Book (not the Film) of Exodus

(3/06/15)John Wade

The recent film “Exodus: Gods and Kings” has sparked some renewed interest in the actual written record of those events.So I share some of the themes which have emerged belatedly for me in this case study extraordinaire. One of the indicators from research of an “expert” modern day negotiator is someone who takes time to reflect systematically on past negotiations and attempts to record lessons from those events.

Larry Susskind

What's the Right Thing to do When You are Really Angry About What's Happening in America?

(12/19/14)Larry Susskind

Students are marching in the streets to protest the recent killings of Black Americans. They want those in positions of power to acknowledge that these deaths are, at least in part, the result of unchecked racism that is still very much alive in our country. Whatever progress has been made over the past fifty years to address inequality, unfairness, racial bias, ignorance, lack of empathy and unequal opportunities, there is still a long way to go before everyday life in America aligns with the ideals we espouse as a nation.

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