iOS app Android app

Mickey Bergman
Michael "Mickey" Bergman works in Fringe Diplomacy, a discipline exploring the space just beyond the boundaries of States and Governments’ capacity and authority in international relations. He is co-founder and President of Capsoole Inc.; Executive Director of the Global Alliances Program at the Aspen Institute; Senior Advisor to Governor Richardson Center for Global Engagement; consultant to the Clinton Global Initiative; and Founder and President of Solel Strategic Group. Mickey also teaches at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

At the Richardson Center for Global Engagement, Mickey manages private diplomacy efforts in N. Korea, Cuba, Myanmar, Middle East, Africa, and efforts to negotiate release of political prisoners.

At Aspen, Mickey directs partnerships engaging both public and private sectors in the Middle East, Latin America and South East Asia.

Mickey has published numerous articles and opinion pieces in the New York Times, Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Boston Globe, Foreign Policy Online, and Huffington Post.

Entries by Mickey Bergman

Engaging the Tanzanian Market? Hakuna Matata!

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 4:13 PM

"Zanzibar" elicits images of sandy beaches, clear calm waters, private resorts, and idyllic vacations filled with great food, spices, music and culture. However, this is only one side of the famous island. Outside Zanzibar's resorts and sandy beaches, poverty and lack of running water, electricity and jobs is a reality...

Read Post

Sec. Kerry's Opportunity in Burma: Political Pressure Coupled With Economic Development

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 1:47 PM


The open windows on the second floor of the Mandaley farmers' association office do nothing to ease the unbearable heat of a balmy Mandaley afternoon in Burma. No breeze to speak of. But that doesn't keep over 60 local farmers, business owners and...

Read Post

The Gaza War: Who is Just? Who is to Blame? and Why These are the Wrong Questions

(4) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 4:42 PM

I've been struggling with getting my thoughts out -- writing, deleting and re-writing -- since I know that what I have to say may upset my Israeli and Palestinian friends alike, as well as their respective supporters. It seems that most people on either side have lost the emotional ability...

Read Post

Not Jobs -- Create New Companies

(54) Comments | Posted December 27, 2011 | 11:23 AM

In a recent international conference in Istanbul, Usama Fayyad, Executive Chairman of the Jordan-based Oasis500 business accelerator, said: "It is not about creating jobs. It is about creating new companies." The simple concept and the explanation that followed made me realize: Usama, along with many others in the Middle East...

Read Post

Separation Without Separating -- A Friendly Divorce for Palestine and Israel

(55) Comments | Posted November 9, 2010 | 4:24 PM

The Israeli-Palestinian peace making process is stuck in a conundrum: psychologically, the only way to resolve the conflict is by separation: two-states for two people. The separation paradigm led originally by Yitzhak Rabin and then adopted by former Prime Ministers Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert took hold on the Israeli...

Read Post

The IDF Soldiers Were Sent on a Mission That Defies Logic

(251) Comments | Posted June 1, 2010 | 10:06 AM

My outrage with the disastrous takeover of the flotilla boats on their way to Gaza is not over the behavior of individual soldiers fearing their lives and reacting accordingly. Rather, it is about a political leadership that put these soldiers in a position in which they were certain to become...

Read Post