Guest(s): Anthony Wanis-St. John – Director, International Peace and Conflict Resolution MA Program at American University
Air Date: February 3, 2015
Summary: In this episode we talk with Dr. Anthony Wanis-St. John, Director of the MA International Peace and Conflict Resolution program at American University. Anthony discusses negotiation and its role as an integral component of conflict resolution. He shares many of the challenges, successes, and failures of his own personal experiences with negotiation, including the importance of culture and best practices for coaching mediators in negotiation.
Featured quotes from show:
“Over the years, there have evolved new ways of conceptualizing what negotiation is that are less about arguing and more about listening”
“Enabling yourself to envision that there is a conversation that’s possible, there are many ways to conduct that conversation and many possible outcomes that may be better than staying silent and staying passive… it’s empowering. It enables us to do something on behalf of ourselves and those who we negotiate for. It allows you to be effective in making a difference and getting results”
“At it’s simplist, negotiation is anytime we are trying to persuade others.”
“It [being a mediator] is all about unlocking the language and empowering them to use it”