Browsing All posts tagged under »Mediation«

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 […]

Under Attack/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

August 18, 2019

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There is an expression that in war the first casualty is truth. Nations often black out the news, distort the news, censor the news, etc so as to heighten the chances for victory. William Ury, mediator and author, has another take on a more benign attack. When a person is personally attacked, Ury maintains, s/he […]

Mediation and Moccasins/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

August 4, 2019

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A dispute has more than one side. It is easier to resolve a dispute if both parties are also willing to view it from the other party’s side. There is an expression that advises us to “never judge a man until you walk a mile in his moccasins”. By viewing the other person’s perspective, you […]

Trump 2.0/MartinRosenfeld, JD

June 22, 2019

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Supporters of President Trump are not all unaware of his perceived deficits among many Americans. How then can he get re-elected? The new hope seems to be that the negatives will be considered less important than the positive successes he has already attained. This post is not about political prognostication.However,there is something attractive about the […]

Your Legacy/Martin Rosenfeld, J.D.

March 10, 2019

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Whenever a US President reaches a second term, the article du jour seems to center about what that person’s legacy will be. How should this person be remembered? What will history think of them? The concept of legacy has surprising nexus to dealing with stressful disputes and negotiations. How it might work will be illustrated […]

Straight Talk/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

January 1, 2019

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Senator Richard Shelby (R-ALA) was interviewed over the Holiday weekend concerning the need to deal with the Democrats, over budgetary matters, once the Democrats become the House majority party. This is what he said on “Face the Nation”: ““We’re gonna have to negotiate. I think that we ought to see what do the Democrats really […]

Mediation and the Impasse/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

December 29, 2018

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What can a mediator do when the parties seem to have reached an impasse in their discussions? Some options may include the following: *Remind the parties, if they have children, how a non-agreement may place a disproportionate burden on their children. Parties may be happy to attempt to pulverize each other, but how many parents […]