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Benefits of Reframing “Reparations”

Many Democratic candidates for president have addressed questions about whether the US should make “reparations” for slavery (and other social injustices).  Unfortunately, that term is confusing and scary for some people (including some of the candidates) who conceive of it simply as making cash payments to certain individuals. In fact, the proponents are suggesting something … Continue reading Benefits of Reframing “Reparations”

More about Our Need for Truth and Reconciliation

Several new articles reflect what I think are good and bad approaches to dealing with historic injustices that I described in a recent post. For some reason, a 1971 Playboy interview of John Wayne just went viral.  In it, he said, “I believe in white supremacy,” and justified “our so-called stealing of our country” from … Continue reading More about Our Need for Truth and Reconciliation

Our Need for Truth, Reconciliation, and Justice

Donald Trump.  Anthony Weiner.  Ralph Northam.  Kevin McCarthy.  Justin Fairfax.  Steve King.  Antonin Scalia.  Brett Kavanaugh.  Roy Moore.  Al Franken.  James Watt.  Bill Clinton.  Ronald Reagan.  Richard Nixon.  George H.W. Bush.  Bernie Sanders.  Spiro Agnew.  Eric Schneiderman.  Ilhan Omar.  Eliot Spitzer.  Harry Reid.  Mike Huckabee.  Joe Biden.  George Allen.  Ben Carson.  Paul Ryan.  Jesse Jackson.  … Continue reading Our Need for Truth, Reconciliation, and Justice

Reading List About Our Racial History

As noted in this post about our need for truth, reconciliation, and justice about past injustices, Washington Post journalist James Hohmann compiled the following list of readings for Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to learn about our racial history based on suggestions of preeminent historians.  This is a good reading list for all of us to … Continue reading Reading List About Our Racial History

Resources for Truth and Reconciliation

A companion post discusses a great need for truth, reconciliation, and justice about past injustices in our society.  This post identifies some organizations in our field that work to promote these goals and uses language from their websites to describe their activities.  If you know of any resources that should be added to this list, … Continue reading Resources for Truth and Reconciliation

Two Shrewd Legislative Negotiators / Mediators

In December, I wrote a post compiling news accounts describing how Nancy Pelosi masterfully negotiated to be elected as Speaker of the House of Representatives. A Washington Post article this week described how she has unified the Democratic Caucus in the House, as described below. I just listened to a recent podcast about how Representative … Continue reading Two Shrewd Legislative Negotiators / Mediators

President Trump’s Negotiation Skills (or Lack Thereof) – Part 5

In this installment of the potentially-infinite series on President Trump’s negotiation skills or lack thereof, we examine the negotiation leading to the end of the latest shutdown of the federal government as well as other negotiations by Mr. Trump and his associates. Last Friday, Mr. Trump announced that he would sign a bill re-opening the … Continue reading President Trump’s Negotiation Skills (or Lack Thereof) – Part 5

Case Study of Negotiations with Honey and Vinegar, Carrots and Sticks

Last week, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi completed an impressive campaign of negotiations to be elected speaker of the House of Representatives. This post provides an account of this campaign, synthesized from news accounts listed at the end. One of the articles described Ms. Pelosi’s approach as being like honey, compared with President Trump’s vinegar strategy.  … Continue reading Case Study of Negotiations with Honey and Vinegar, Carrots and Sticks

Designing a Fair Dispute System for Title IX Cases

Universities generally ignored serious allegations of sexual assault until very recently.  Did the Obama Administration policy go too far to correct this problem? That’s the view of Prof. Lara Bazelon, director of the criminal juvenile justice and the racial justice clinics at the University of San Francisco School of Law, who wrote a NYT op-ed, … Continue reading Designing a Fair Dispute System for Title IX Cases

CRQ Call for Submissions: Peacebuilding in Divided Societies at Home and Abroad

From Susan Raines, editor-in-chief of the Conflict Resolution Quarterly: Conflict Resolution Quarterly (CRQ) is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal indexed with EBSCOhost that has been in publication since the early 1980’s.  CRQ publishes scholarship on relationships between theory, research, and practice in the conflict management and dispute resolution field to promote more effective professional applications.  Conflict … Continue reading CRQ Call for Submissions: Peacebuilding in Divided Societies at Home and Abroad

Dispute System Design for Facebook

The New York Times published an interesting article worth reading, which riffs on Mark Zuckerberg’s statement that Facebook would develop an independent body to make decisions about acceptability of posts on its platform.  He mused that the body might be like a supreme court to make final decisions reflecting global social norms. The article was … Continue reading Dispute System Design for Facebook

New Podcast: Thanks for Listening!

The Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program launched its new podcast Thanks for Listening!  Here’s their description: This podcast will spotlight efforts to bridge the political divide in the U.S. through dialogue and collaborative processes, profiling the important and often courageous work of individuals and organizations who are helping citizens engage with one another on … Continue reading New Podcast: Thanks for Listening!