Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Imaginary Scenario: Mediating the Boko Haram-Nigerian Govt Conflict

Can the conflict between Boko Haram and the Nigerian Government be solved through mediation and conflict resolution?
Cristina Caravaggio Giancchini tries to answer that question by presenting an imaginary scenario where the two parties meet to negotiate a solution to their conflict. You will read about interesting concepts such as BATNA and Mediation Strategies.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Behind Closed Doors

By Stephen Cheney

Human beings are psychologically isolated, like an experiment with animals in cages, when they are placed in a 'locked in' security environment. Without frequent supervision to 'open the door' and refresh the air, make personal contact and inspection, the quality or awareness of security personnel tends to deteriorate. Behavior that people would not normally express in an open office environment comes out in a closed or 'private' cell. Too often security is allowed to become a 'closed shop' where aberrant behavior plays uncontrolled. People have social inhibitions in order to interact and do tasks best; when people are confined in an area, behavior can fall to the lowest common denominator. The same in prisons, in restricted areas, in homes, in zoos. Public or business behavior is not the same as Private behavior. What a security involved organization wants is its staff's Public behavior to continue unchanged when in a private environment but still engaged there by their employer to carry out tasks. Secrecy can tend to breed immorality as it does in agencies and in closed political administrations.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Complement of State & Church: Path to Peace?

Gothic Bathroom - Jean Baptiste Mallet

The nihilists, who can't be bothered to exercise self-discipline, will argue that Religion is the "opium of the people", a control system that precludes creativity (I'd say Da Vinci, Caravaggio and others would disagree), food for the simple minded, the gullible; and that the root of wars. But the fact is: religion is the foundation of culture and it can contribute to peace and understanding.