Howard Stern

Howard Stern
Operating primarily in the UK and Europe, Howard works exclusively in conflict and dispute resolution. His work follows a 25 year career in project management, training and development. Howard is a member of the British Civil Mediation Council, accredited by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution as a mediator, and affiliated with various NGOs. His love of travel and the great outdoors has taken him to many places, sometimes in pursuit of his wider professional interests in international politics, and to explore the global pressures facing society as it copes with rapid population growth.

The Ripple Effect

The Arab uprisings seem to continue unabated in the Middle-East, with Syria undergoing serious challenges to its leadership; evidenced in part by the unrest on the streets of its capital, Damascus; resulting in the shooting of many civilians by Government forces. The...

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French Outlaw Islamic Burka

The French have demonstrated their resistance to the rising tide of fundamental Islam by drawing a line at the use of the full face Burka by women. Under Islamic law, the husband has the right to request that his wife wear a covering, including a full face covering....

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Rats desert the sinking ship……

It is well known that when ships sink, any rat population on board is soon to be seen running up the decks seeking escape and safety on any items of floating debris. Likewise, in the last week, we have seen Moussa Koussa, Libya’s now ex-foreign minister, desert...

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The Cup of Conflict: A Blessing or a Curse?

Many years ago, a friend said to me, he thought people were a bit like unmarked toothpaste tubes – that until you squeezed them you’d never knew what would come out! It is very true that in times of great suffering and pressure, we see what people are...

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Hidden Agendas in Conflict

Over the last two months, we have witnessed a series of unprecedented events in the Middle-East and North Africa, as nation after nation has exploded in revolution, civil disturbance, and rioting. Whilst Libya is currently undergoing the most serious problems, as the...

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Egypt, what next?

Since Christmas, we in Europe have witnessed some unprecedented events in the Middle-East, events that have unfolded at lightning speed with implications for the wider world. Tunisia had a revolution, Syria is experiencing uprising, Lebanon has just appointed a new...

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Dealing with Emotional IQ in Conflict

When dealing with people in disputes, emotions often run high.  Our emotional responses to any given situation are determined by who we are as people, our beliefs and values, and significantly, our early life experiences.Many years ago I read a little psychology...

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Pride and Prejudice

The famous English movie, Pride and Prejudice, demonstrates clearly the outcomes of both these issues when dealing with people. Pride is a dangerous and destructive force, and as many a historian will affirm, pride always precedes a fall while prejudice blinds the...

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Budget cut opportunities for UK Mediators

The UK’s Justice Minister, Ken Clarke, recently announced significant reductions in the legal aid budget, which will affect people seeking financial support to pursue legal actions through civil and family courts. As part of the wider budget cuts currently being...

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Conflict over Christmas

What is it about Christmas that has the propensity to bring out the worst in people? It is well documented that the Christmas holidays often precede a spike in the number of relationship breakdowns and marriage failures – more so it seems than any other time of...

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