Category Archives: Conflict Processes

Systematic step by step disciplined processes for conflict handling

The Art of Listening: Erich Fromm (1900-1980)

Listening is a key skill in all conflict negotiation, and I thought this quote and these six guides from Erich Fromm’s “The Art of Listening” very useful in their insights even for negotiating with an obvious opponent or even enemy. … Continue reading

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Brexit Chest Thumping Versus Skilled Negotiation: Jonathan Powell

At last a piece of Brexit analysis by someone who has done many difficult negotiations in the past and who has learned from them: Stop the Brexit chest thumping: successful negotiators build trust. The UK must refrain from overplaying its … Continue reading

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Dunning Kruger Effect and Recent Political Developments

Every day that passes seems to suggest that the Dunning-Kruger Effect is at work on an industrial scale, in both the US, with the Trump Presidency, and the UK over Brexit. But then I may be biased. I thought it … Continue reading

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Wars of the 20th and 21st Centuries: Piero Scaruffi

Useful information from Pierro Scarfuri: Wars and Casualties of the 20th and 21st Centuries (slowly extending it back to the 19th century as i find data)by Piero Scaruffi 160 million people died in wars during the 20th century (See also … Continue reading

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Our Tasks

“The tasks that have been entrusted to us are often difficult. Almost everything that matters is difficult and everything matters.” from Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke 1903. (PS When I worked for the US military I … Continue reading

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Pseudo-Revolutions from Above: Former Soviet Union and Trump’s America

Some history people don’t understand, at least as I see it. The fall of the former Soviet Union as described in “Revolution from Above: The Demise of the Soviet System” by David M. Kotz was not a bottom up revolution, … Continue reading

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Trump is the New Hugo Chavez: Look to Venezuela for Insights: Judo not Boxing

I think this article in the Caracas Chronicles,  “How to Culture Jam a Populist in Four Easy Steps” by Andrés Miguel Rondón – is insightful. Especially the idea we should judo Trump, not box him. Though I don’t think the steps are … Continue reading

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