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Rep. Jim Jordan’s Jacket/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

November 15, 2019

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The pugilistic US Representative (R-Ohio) does not wear a jacket to public hearings. When asked if he ever wears a jacket, he said that when he needs to show respect (e.g. a visit to meet President Trump) he does wear one. By implication, this means that being invited to attend the Impeachment Hearing is not […]

Admitting Wrongdoing/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

November 14, 2019

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Many commentators have opined that the failure of President Nixon to admit the errors of his ways, led to his vacating the office. President Trump too has an inability to admit to wrongful acts. This likely underlies his Impeachment Hearing. In a mediation, feel free to acknowledge mistakes and to engage in apologetic words, if […]

Mediation in Simple Terms/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

November 3, 2019

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The successful author, Jane Green explained why mediation made sense for her in her divorce action in a brief 50 words: “I am divorced, and one of the things I am tremendously grateful for is that my ex-husband and I made a decision to go through mediation. I knew a trial would drag on for […]

Keeping Friends Close/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

October 29, 2019

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Long ago, the Chinese strategist Sun Tzu gave the following advice: “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.” The decision to no longer treat the Syrian Kurds as allies was a decision that few have supported. The work in defeating Isis was largely done by the valiant effort of Kurdish soldiers. Stangely, despite being […]

Mirror-Image Thinking/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

October 20, 2019

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There has been much speculation about the Trump letter to Erdogan that was devoid of ant political nicety. In effect it said, “Don’t invade Syria or you will be deemed a fool”. What was the thought process of our President? Some have suggested that the president works with “mirror image” thinking. If I think this […]

Mediator as a Neutral/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

October 15, 2019

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Reuters reported the following on October 10, 2019 :”U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he hopes he can mediate between Turkey and the Kurds following Turkey’s offensive on U.S.-allied Kurds in northeast Syria.” After giving Turkey the “green light” to “clear a path” in Syria where Kurds had been stationed, could he still be […]

Collaboration/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

October 7, 2019

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In the September 19, 2019 edition of the WSJ, Joann Lublin wrote about “To Get Ahead, Rivals Get Along”. The finding of the article is that employers prefer to elevate collaborative executives. Collaborative behavior is sought out because it demonstrates effective leadership. Politics, we are told, has become a tribal affair. There is an element […]