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Armita Azad

Power, Impartiality, and Timing: Third Party Mediation in the Middle East

(9/28/18)Armita Azad

There has been upsurge literature on third party intervention in recent years, and still a significant gap in the field of mediation.

Sandeep Bhalothia

Mediation and Conciliation in UAE

(8/24/18)Sandeep Bhalothia, Vizita Singh

Sulh or amicable settlement has a long history within Arab and Islamic societies and have their roots in pre-Islamic Arabia.

Geoffrey Corry

Figuring Out George Mitchell’s Real Contribution to the Good Friday Agreement

(4/24/18)Geoffrey Corry

On Tuesday 10th April 2018, I was in Belfast to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) with all the great and the good who took part in those negotiations.

Spaces for Peace

(4/13/18)Allegra Chen-Carrel

It is referred to as the Dead Zone, the Green Line or No-Man’s Land.

Norah Alsugair

Conflicting Negotiation Styles and Strategies: Comparing Perspectives from Saudi Arabia & USA

(2/02/18)Norah Alsugair

This article describes the different cultural aspects to take into account when negotiating in Saudi Arabia or the US.

Alia Ismail

The Lebanese: Heading into an Authentic Reconciliation, and Creating a Potential Reconciliatory Force in a Volcanic Region

(1/26/18)Alia Ismail

In the midst of an unstable Middle East, occupied with a combination of authentic civil protests, and illegitimate ISIS attacks, Lebanon seems to be a promising spot to true reconciliation.

Ronald S. Kraybill

What Not to Say After Violence

(10/27/17)Ronald S. Kraybill

An Important Choice: What to Do and Say After Violence?

Alia Ismail

Challenges to Starting an American Middle-Eastern Cross-Border Mediation Center

(10/13/17)Alia Ismail

Starting a cross-borders mediation center between the US and the Middle East requires interacting with professionals on both continents. Despite appearing differences within both cultures, it seems when programmed patterns are utilized, and no longer serve, professionals shift their behaviors to the total opposite.

Richard Lutringer

Mediation on Broadway-The Dramatic Lessons of OSLO

(6/16/17)Richard Lutringer

Oslo by J.T. Rogers, awarded a Tony on June 11, 2017 for best Broadway play of the season, documents the backstory secret negotiations which led to the Israeli-P.L.O. Peace Accord of 1993. This negotiation highlights the power of humility, patience and persistence.

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.

Aldo Civico

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

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

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.

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