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Uncle Sam and the Shrink: A "Palestine Papers" Drama, in One Act

Sandy Tolan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sandy Tolan

Earlier this week, Al Jazeera released a decade's worth of memos, emails, maps and minutes from high-level negotiations between the United States, Isr...

ElBaradei, Muslim Brotherhood Offer Political Path Out of Egyptian Confrontation

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

The Muslim Brotherhood brings a lot to the table in its potential to help peacefully establish a consensus government that could supervise elections that the majority of Egyptians would see as legitimate.

Salary - Chicken and the Egg

Fred Whelan and Gladys Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Fred Whelan and Gladys Stone

Pete was laid off from a position he had been in for 15 years. The good news was he had an interview next week and just needed a little advice on int...

Turkey Felt Betrayed by Israel

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The collapse of the Israeli-Syrian near peace agreement was the most troubling episode that deepened the growing rift between Turkey and Israel over Iran..

The Tax Cut Deal: Remember Give and Take?

Melanie Billings-Yun | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Melanie Billings-Yun

"Did Obama blink on tax cuts?" asked the headline in The Washington Post. More than in the answers, I am intrigued by the question. Is governance real...

How to Align Employee and Company Interests

Anthony Tjan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Anthony Tjan

When a person's passion and ability align with a firm's goals, a company is most effective. The problem, of course, is that many times these don't sync up. This can be corrected with three principles.

Learning to Negotiate and Pay Baksheesh in Egypt

Patrick McGinnis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Patrick McGinnis

After a few years of practice, I took my "game" to the superdome of haggling, the Khan Al-Khalili bazaar in Central Cairo.

In Negotiations, Play Stupid to Win Smart

Anthony Tjan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Anthony Tjan

In general, the brain lags the mouth. Our impulse is to speak our minds, talk first, think and act later. I now try to follow this DVR-inspired approach in important and sensitive business situations.

Guardian Misreports WikiLeaks on US Stance on Taliban Talks

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Robert Naiman

The Guardian article should not have used the present tense to describe US policy based on the leaked cables while ignoring its own reporting, subsequent to the dates of the leaked cables, that the US said its policy had changed.

Is Obama Worse Than Bush on International Climate?

Erich Pica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Erich Pica

Obama's administration is seeking to undermine the existing international climate regime and replace it with something fundamentally and dangerously weaker.

The Massive Price of 'Negotiaphobia'

Don Hutson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Don Hutson

Working with business professionals on six continents has shown that this reluctance to engage in negotiations in both our professional and personal lives is due to a desire to avoid confrontation.

Reconciliation and Women's Rights in Afghanistan

Matthew Hoh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matthew Hoh

It is commonly believed that gains in Afghnistan have been realized for women since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001. But since the realities of such gains have their limits, it is not quite that simple.

The Taliban Might Negotiate, Even if They Think They're Winning

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

What's generally missing from the frequent assertion, "The Taliban will not negotiate if they think they're winning" is any specific information about the Taliban that would allow us to draw this conclusion.

Cautious Optimism for Talks in Afghanistan

Matthew Hoh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matthew Hoh

Reports of the US being involved with efforts to reconcile elements of the insurgency with the Karzai government are reports that provide hope, albeit cautious hope, that a more sensible and rational US policy is taking hold.

Imagining Peace: The Practical Advantages of an Israeli/Palestinian Final Settlement

Marc Gopin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marc Gopin

Generations, even centuries, of Arabs, Muslims, Christians, and Jews, did build prosperous relationships; it is time to recover their legacy.

Negotiations With the Taliban Point to the Need to Leave Afghanistan

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

Nine years after the start of the war, the Taliban controls 70% of Afghanistan. Though it is heart-rending to consider abandoning the progress that has been made, the truth is that there simply is no military solution.

Can the U.S. Negotiate Peace in Afghanistan?

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

There is always the danger, from the point of view of those who oppose any compromise, that compromise might not be so impossible to achieve as they have been trying to make everyone believe.

How to Negotiate For What You Want

Adele Scheele | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Adele Scheele

We are not trained professionals when it comes to negotiating for what we want. No matter if it's asking for a raise, buying a car, getting more credi...

Top 10 Reasons for Skepticism on Israeli-Palestinian Talks

Josh Ruebner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Ruebner

On August 20, the Obama Administration announced that it will reconvene under its auspices direct Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations beginning o...

Pakistan: Diplomacy vs Giving It All Away

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

I am the Afghanistan Blogging Fellow for The Seminal and Brave New Foundation. You can read my work on The Seminal or at Rethink Afghanistan. The view...

Direct Talks and Their Potential Consequences

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Direct talks will not produce substantive results unless the United States takes a number of pivotal steps to insure that the progress made in the negotiations is irreversible.

Let Israeli-Palestinian Talks Fail

Ami Kaufman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ami Kaufman

I'm pretty sure that nobody in the Obama administration believes something will come of these talks. I'm hoping that the White House staff has already prepared a plan for precisely that day when Netanyahu's bluff is called.

Civil Society Protests as Arms Trade Treaty Talks Move to Secrecy

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

After years of relentless campaigning to ensure States negotiate a strong global treaty to regulate the arms trade, civil society groups have been denied participation in key discussions.

Could a 'Great Negotiation' End the War in Afghanistan?

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Negotiations aren't a magic wand. They aren't going to magically transform an existing balance of forces into something completely different. But military force can't do that either.

Arms Trade Treaty Talks at the UN: Bulletproof Arms Trade Treaty Needed

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

Official talks for an Arms Trade Treaty starts on July 12th at the United nations HQ in New York. We need a robust deal to stop arms getting into the hands of human rights abusers and warmongers.