By Katie Hyten, MWI Mediator
I participated in the MWI Mediation Training with about twenty other students at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in January 2013. Two days into the training, the ever-patient trainers gave us an opportunity to ask any questions still lingering after the first weekend. I imagine they regretted this very quickly. To their dismay, our trainers had to spend no less than half an hour responding to the same question. It turns out, all twenty of us entered the training firmly believing we were there to solve the conflict for the parties. We asked question after question that reiterated: “But what if I know the best agreement? Can’t I simply tell the parties what to do?”
Over the next half hour, our trainers asked us to consider the idea that, as mediators, we can never know the...
By Chuck Doran and Katie Hyten, MWI Mediators
After trying to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, Kerry has been somewhat unceremoniously extricated from the conflict resolution processes. And as Israel pulled back from US mediation efforts in favor of an Egypt-brokered process, Kerry saw his efforts to mediate a settlement fall apart for the second time in as many years. Egyptian-brokered ceasefires have remained largely intact, while Kerry’s involvement has been universally berated.
Barak Ravid at Haaretz declared: “If Kerry did anything on Friday it was to thwart the possibility of reaching a cease-fire in Gaza. Instead of promoting a cease-fire, Kerry pushed it away.” Avi Issacharoff at The Times of Israel noted: “Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan were all in agreement that Kerry’s efforts were...
By MWI Mentors Vicky Bennet and Robin DiGiammarino
Mediators looking for a personalized, structured way to fast track their skill development report success and satisfaction with their participation in MWI mentor programs.
Mentees work with MWI's Director of Mediation & Arbitration Services, Josh Hoch, to design their own program. Participants work with Josh on selecting a mentor or mentors, establishing goals and setting the pace for their learning. Sessions vary in number and can be scheduled back-to-back or spaced over weeks to allow for practice between sessions.
Each session, whether it is classroom time, observation of an actual mediation, or a solo or co-mediation, offers an opportunity to try a new strategy, take a chance, ask for help, and learn from mistakes. Working alongside an expert mediator, mentees have a safety net while they gain confidence in their skills. And mentees appreciate when their...