Opinion / Mediation Technique

Iran at the UN: Diplomatic Chess

It’s hard to work out what exactly Iran’s President Rouhani said in the USA about Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions (or not) and/or the Holocaust. We Brits see these events through the filter of our media bias. Luckily we have Press TV to explain what is happening: Although the reports of […]

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Israel and Palestine: New Negotiation

Another day, another attempt to broker a deal betwen Israel and the Palestine Authority, this time with John Kerry leading the charge. Who knows, maybe this one will get somewhere. Perhaps the generalised shambles in Egypt and across the Middle East will create a sense that if there has to […]

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The Ambassador Partnership

This is to let everyone know that ADRg Ambassadors LLP is now renamed The Ambassador Partnership LLP with a completely new (and simpler) website. Basically, after I left the FCO and qualified as a professional mediator, the idea emerged of setting up a new and unique distinguished panel of ambassador-mediators. […]

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How to Solve the Assange Problem: What If?

The Assange case is stuck and embarrassing. How might one look at this issue as a professional mediator? As things stand, the interests of Assange/Ecuador and UK/Sweden respectively largely coincide. Assange/Ecuador want to use the issue to bolster their reputations and poke the US/West in the eye. UK/Sweden want to […]

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J Assange at The Corner

Here at The Corner (National Review Online’s popular stream of consciousness in the USA) is a piece by John O’Sullivan that picks up some of my ideas but comes down in favour of gracefully letting Mr Assange stew in his Ecuadorean juice: With those two points in mind, why not try […]

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Negotiating at Summits: Three Mistakes

Here is an unusually astute piece by Aaron David Miller at Foreign Policy looking at key negotiation mistakes made at the 2000 Camp David Peace Talks which he followed at first hand. You’ll need to read the whole thing to get the breadth of his argument. What is good is […]

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Fighting for Freedom in Syria (and Prague?)

Back in writing business after a few days of running around trying to earn some money. Here is a piece I have written for the Telegraph Blogs on the moral case for the Syrians doing what it takes to defeat the regime oppressing them: One of the iconic principles of the […]

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Meanwhile, in Deepest Ealing

I am pointed to a website describing a grim battle has been going on for some 30 years(!) between the local Council in Ealing and Mrs Yafa Partner and relatives over the state of the family house in Uxbridge Road and surrounding environmental issues. The site gives the Partner side of […]

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ICC Mediation Competition, 2012

The winner of the the 2012 ICC Mediation Competition in Paris was South Texas College of Law. Hurrah. I was over in Paris for the Preliminary Rounds earlier this week. This is an excellent opportunity for students around the world to work up their negotiating skills in something a bit […]

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Negotiation Training: Objective v Subjective

Wearing my ADRg Ambassadors hat I was in London on Tuesday to give a workshop to a prominent law firm on The Psychology of Negotiation. The people who attended spend much of their time drafting the legal clauses needed to give effect to deals already done or in prospect. They nonetheless […]

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