Category Politics

Fostering trust in mediation

US Secretary of State John Kerry has been dispatched to Jerusalem to mediate the ongoing conflicts between Israel and the Palestinian Authority; but over half the Israelis polled earlier this month do not trust Kerry to act as an impartial mediator (source: FOCUS News Agency). I have written before about the importance of truthfulness in mediation […]

Responses to the Indonesian phone-tapping scandal; what Abbott could learn from mediation

Parties to a mediation tend to come in to the process with deeply entrenched positions. In the context of mediation, ‘positions’ means things the party wants, demands, insists upon doing or refuses to do. Positions are usually concrete and absolute. By focusing on positions, the party starts with a solution rather than an exploration of […]