Searching for Truth in a World of Lies and Misconceptions

Searching for Truth

When I started out as a mediator, I soon learned that parties don’t always tell the truth and parties do not always disclose all the facts of a case. Only by exploring areas where the parties don’t want to go, do I find underlying positions driven by undisclosed influences. These may well otherwise remain hidden …

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Negotiation in Practice at Camp David Summit

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict is one of the longest running disputes in modern history.  It is a very complex issue which can be traced back to ancient times.  The issue can be analyzed from a geopolitical, religious, cultural, military, diplomatic as well as countless other angles.  However, this paper will focus on the negotiations undertaken by …

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George Floyd $27M Settlement Before Ex-Officer Derek Chauvin’s Guilty Verdict

On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a Black man, laid on the ground under the knee of Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, for what we now know was around nine minutes.  In a video that almost everyone around the world would see in the following days. Chauvin brushed off the concerns of bystanders …

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Two Sides to Every Story When Cultures Collide

Growing up as a kid and getting in arguments with my sisters, I always found it amazing how different my version of the story was with my sister’s version of the story when we reaccounted the facts to my Mom.  My Mom took both our versions and crafted a “judgment” whether that be, apologize, go …

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Europe’s Burqa Ban

Europe is deeply embroiled in a raging conflict over something quite small and ordinary: a simple piece of cloth that some women chose to wear over their face.  The article is about the clash that is occurring as many European countries ban the burqa.  In France only a few thousand of the 5 million Muslim …

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Conflict Consciousness

In 2010, Uganda was usurped in a conflict regarding anti-homosexual legislation and a clause mandating the death penalty. Rwanda contemplated criminalizing homosexuality until rapid-fire global campaign spread via internet forcing Paul Kagame’s government to announce that they would not be intervening in the private lives of its citizens.  Today, Malawi faces the same conflict.  Malawian …

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Unmet Human Needs

Humans need a number of essentials to survive. According to the renowned psychologist Abraham Maslow and the conflict scholar John Burton, these essentials go beyond just food, water, and shelter. 

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