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THE United States and Russia will soon hold a peace conference aimed at ending the Syrian civil war, which has killed more than 70,000 people, displaced millions of others and threatened the stability of the entire region.
The Obama administration’s decision to engage Russia in diplomatic talks is a good but belated one. Russia, a key backer of the Syrian government, cannot by itself end the war, any more than the United States can. But together with countries like Britain, there is a chance, however slim, of a diplomatic breakthrough. The real shortcoming of the administration’s policy on Syria has not been an unwillingness to engage militarily — as critics of President Obama have suggested — but the ill-advised decision, in August 2011, to preclude the possibility of a diplomatic resolution involving all sides...
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Most armed conflicts are resolved not by force but at the negotiating table. However, the growing number of mediation actors seen in recent years can be counterproductive, according to a recent study by Swiss authors.
“Sometimes it’s a race for the Nobel Peace prize,” admitted Rachel Gasser from swisspeace, the Swiss Peace Foundation. “A growing number of actors are seeking opportunities to engage in peace-making.”
Jeff Thompson- I want [the trainees] to notice how they are sitting there judging- listening with judgment [thinking] ‘does this sound right [or] ‘does this sound wrong.’ I say [to the trainees] you are never going to be able to hide that; you cannot hide that nonverbally, I don’t care how perfect your reframes are,...
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Thanks to Constantin Adi Gavrila, Clara Balaci and Anca Rusu, yesterday we ran and video recorded an online mediation simulation via Skype in their language – Romanian.http://goo.gl/g7kNUAdi, Clara and Anca are…Continue
Kaiser is hiring a full-time "HCOM" for its medical center in Vallejo. The position, "functions as a trained alternative dispute professional offering patients, family members, staff & providers a conflict management program to resolve…Continue
The managed behavioral health organization is hiring an Ombudsperson to provide confidential, neutral assistance to members in Woburn, MA. "The Ombudsperson advocates for fairness, serves as a source of information and support, acts as a liaison…Continue
Colorado's flagship public research university is hiring an Associate Ombuds. The position serves as a designated neutral dispute resolution practitioner for students, staff, faculty, and administrators. CU-Boulder employs four Ombuds and follows…Continue
The 6,700-student community college in Jackson County, Michigan is hiring a Student Ombudsman. The full-time position is primarily responsible for "providing a consistent, centralized point of contact for questions, concerns and/or problems they may…Continue
THOSE ARE THE FINDINGS OF AN EXHAUSTIVE STUDY THAT ASKED 64,000 PEOPLE IN 13 COUNTRIES TO IDENTIFY QUALITIES THEY WANT IN THOSE AT THE TOP. HERE, ONE OF THE REPORT'S CO-AUTHORS EXAMINES WHAT THAT MEANS FOR THE FUTURE OF LEADERSHIP.BY: JOHN GERZEMA…Continue
NYC's Fordham Launching International Dispute Resolution LL.M.New program to launch in Fall 2013; focus on traditional litigation and ADRFrom Their…Continue