The Christian Science Monitor

Quiet mediators in noisy places

These are busy days for professional mediators in some of the world’s most dangerous conflicts, from Sudan to Venezuela. You don’t hear much about these globe-trotting interlocutors, however. That is the point. Their skill set includes the humility to be visible, t to take credit, and to push solutions on warring parties. The “soft” power of such honest brokers lies mainly in honest listening for shared concerns.

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