The Project on Justice in Times of Transition will devote its efforts to the following:
- Identify appropriate implementing and funding partners in the course of the next year
- Research, planning and developing thematic content and technology/production needs
- Sponser at least four classes at Tufts University involving 15-20 students per class to facilitate research for website and documentary beginning in the 2009/10 academic year
- Establish a dynamic online presence to help promote the documentary (include primary source documents, video footage, interviews with foreign leaders) and be a source of information for policy makers and students of negotiation
- Film 5 to 10 preliminary interviews with foreign leaders and negotiators (which will be made available online)
These classes will:
- Be taught by senior practitioners and negotiators
- Feature lectures from world leaders and negotiators providing a real time view
- Address cases of international negotiationt with adversaries, and decision making
- Look at past cases of negotiations and implications for today
- Provide an entry point for student research
One of the most critical and difficult-decisions facing leaders, whether they be U.S. presidents confronting a nuclear-armed foe or national leaders in the midst of civil war, is whether they should talk with the enemy. This is a central challenge of our time. The stakes are always high, and the costs are often measured in the lives of thousands of innocent victims.
Whether or not to talk to the enemy should be a rational, strategic decision. But all too often, each side has demonized the other, which inflames passions on both sides and makes thoughtful and calculated decision-making difficult, if not impossible. When leaders make a radical break with long-held views of the enemy, it can unnerve and even destabilize their own constituencies. But it can also fundamentally change the dynamic with the other side, making mutual cooperation to reduce tensions possible and leading to a more stable and peaceful environment.
Today, the question is all the more urgent, as President Obama must confront decisions as to whether and how to engage with Iran, Cuba, North Korea and non-state actors such as the Taliban, Hamas, and Al Qaeda.
SEEKING: Film Directors, Producers, Artistic advice, web design, PR help
OFFERING: Best practive information, networking, 17 years of experience in international conflict management, conflict related advice, global reach