Allies and Enemies/Martin Rosenfeld

Posted on February 6, 2011


Max Fisher wrote a piece for the Atlantic Monthly website entitled “What if Mubarak Holds On?”. Mr. Fisher concludes that there might well be a shift in Egyptian policy in such an eventuality that is less benign and loyal to past foreign alliances. This would be due to the fact that the United States unwittingly would have created an enemy where it once had an ally.

In a divorce proceeding, the parties need to separate and go their different ways. In most marriages, the relationship was once friendly and collaborative. Divorce needs to change the legal status of these parties, but must it create enemies? The common belief is that mediation is most needed when the parties will be required to have continued relationships in the future. The most obvious example is where the parties will continue to be co=parents for children. What happens when the parties, once friends, now transform into enemies? The answer to this questions is self-evident. Mediation strives for Win-Win. There is no better route to take. Mediation works. Mediate don’t litigate.