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EPOS is an independent non-profit agency operating in the field of conflict resolution and prevention. It is working for the Syrian Refugees and others with MY FUTURE Project. EPOS in all its activities on field and in its strong theoretical reflections, analyses and explores new ways of conceiving negotiation in practice and methodology, aiming at the definition of true innovative strategies in the framework of conflict prevention


The importance of negotiation in conflict resolution and prevention cannot be understated. The interactions occurring in negotiations at personal, local and international level can determine the future in terms of peace and war of peoples and states. Negotiation plays a large role in conflict resolution, in conflict prevention and in the protection of human rights. It is crucial to study and understand how disparate approaches to conflict influence negotiation procedures and outcomes and vice versa.

EPOS in all its activities on field and in its strong theoretical reflections, analyses and explores new ways of conceiving negotiation in practice and methodology, aiming at the definition of true innovative strategies in the framework of conflict prevention.

The importance of negotiation in conflict resolution and prevention cannot be understated. The interactions occurring in negotiations at personal, local and international level can determine the future in terms of peace and war of peoples and states. Negotiation plays a large role in conflict resolution, in conflict prevention and in the protection of human rights. It is crucial to study and understand how disparate approaches to conflict influence negotiation procedures and outcomes and vice versa.

Parties in conflict can recur to a number of procedural options to choose from to resolve or prevent conflict. Many are the options, which range from avoidance of the conflict to the use of violence. Options vary in terms of formality of the process, people involved, authority of possible third parties, type of decision that will result, amount of coercion that is exercised by or on the disputing parties and other.

Strategies are also aimed either at limiting escalation or at de-escalation through the gradual reduction in tension, de-escalation negotiations, media management and various efforts to strengthen relationships between adversaries. Conflict-limiting norms and institutions can reduce the severity of conflict. Forums and third-party institutions help members to resolve conflict peacefully rather than appeal to violence. Similarly, legislative bodies, mediation services, and arbitration services all give people a nonviolent and face-saving way to resolve disputes.

Outside actors can also aid in preventive diplomacy, using diplomatic efforts to de-escalate conflicts before they become violent. There are also other measures such as peacekeeping forces, as well as mediatioalbania kanunn, information gathering and consultation services. The role of civil society is crucial: long-term policies include the development of crosscutting group ties, institutionalized conflict resolution procedures, the creation of shared identities; this includes establishing a legitimate electoral system, educational system, procedures for protecting fundamental human rights. Such measures not only limit inadvertent escalation, but also aid in de-escalation, can prevent and resolve conflicts. Negotiation’s relevance in these processes is undisputable.

Yet, negotiation strategies, although rather consolidated in literature and practice, strongly need innovation.

The global scenario has deeply changed and continues to change rapidly at all levels as regards interactions and conflicts: national and international, intra-group and intergroup, interpersonal. The concept of conflict itself has undergone transformation together with that of conflict resolution: the focus seems to be in fact now finally slowly moving to the elaboration of effective strategies of conflict prevention. Yet, the process appears to be still immature, as it does not reflect a true change in the mentality of decision makers and actors on field. We still intervene to solve conflicts, rarely succeed in really preventing them.

 
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