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Macron tries to strong-arm a peace deal

If you’ve ever tried to play peacemaker between sworn enemies and failed, you might sympathize with the difficulties French president Emmanuel Macron had trying to engineer a face-to-face meeting between U.S. president Donald Trump and Iranian president Hassan Rouhani at the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York City this past September.

When “mini-deals” are the easy way out

With numerous complex negotiations failing to pan out, President Trump has been reaching narrow trade deals to score short-term political victories—at the risk of long-term success.

Build rapport—without saying a word

In negotiation, eye contact, gestures, and other forms of nonverbal communication can go a long way toward forging trust and lasting connections.

Learning from humanitarian negotiations

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) president Peter Maurer views negotiation as integral to the ICRC’s mission of providing humanitarian aid to people in conflict zones.

Negotiating with the Sacklers: Inside the Purdue Pharma settlement

When negotiating for compensation from alleged wrongdoers, it pays to present a united front.

Have you tried a hypothetical question?

In a new paper published in the Negotiation Journal, University of Amsterdam researchers Diyan Nikolov Grigorov and A. Francisca Snoeck Henkemans suggest that a particular kind of question may be especially useful when delivering offers and proposals in negotiation: hypothetical ones.

Negotiating in reverse

What we can learn from a nonsensical battle over fuel-economy standards.

Negotiating for a brighter future

With the Colorado River’s water levels growing dangerously low, the states that depend on it needed to agree on a new conservation deal. Their success should inspire all of us to add future concerns to our negotiations.

Helping lawmakers build bridges

To help legislators and their staff learn to build bridges and negotiate through impasse, the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Legislative Negotiation Project, with support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Madison Initiative, has developed free teaching materials on effective legislative negotiation.

Bringing mediation into the technological era

Laptops, smartphones, databases, and project-management software have become common tools of the negotiation trade. Meanwhile, even as online dispute resolution has risen in popularity, the traditional practice of inperson mediation remains a largely technology-free zone, with smartphones often turned off and tucked away.