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Conflicts don’t just get resolved on their own. Most are resolved through a grueling process of give and take, usually behind closed doors. On the podcast The Negotiators, Doha Debates is partnering with Foreign Policy to put listeners in the room. Each episode features the mediators behind the world's most challenging negotiations. You’ll hear about a nuclear standoff, a hostage crisis, a gang mediation, and much more -- successes and failures that shaped people’s lives.

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Conflicts don’t just get resolved on their own. Most are resolved through a grueling process of give and take, usually behind closed doors. On the podcast The Negotiators, Doha Debates is partnering with Foreign Policy to put listeners in the room. Each episode features the mediators behind the world's most challenging negotiations. You’ll hear about a nuclear standoff, a hostage crisis, a gang mediation, and much more -- successes and failures that shaped people’s lives.

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    What to Listen to Next: Against the Odds

    What to Listen to Next: Against the Odds

    In Against the Odds, host-adventurers Mike Corey and Cassie De Pecol share thrilling true stories of human resilience that made headlines around the world. They look back at the people who triumphed against the odds, overcoming the seemingly impossible and emerging as heroes and beacons of human potential.

    The Afghan Impasse, Part 1: Original Sin

    The Afghan Impasse, Part 1: Original Sin

    All manner of the rich and powerful have passed through the doors of the mountaintop Hotel Petersberg in Bonn, Germany. But perhaps never as motley a cast as the one that arrived on November 27, 2001 to negotiate an end to the wars in Afghanistan. Warlords, exiled monarchists, intellectuals, and enemies so fierce, some had already been trying to kill each other for decades. But a key element was missing; The Taliban was not invited. Australian Iranian investigative journalist and author Soraya Lennie got the story from some of the negotiators who were in the room.

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    The Afghan Impasse, Part 7: Talking to the Taliban

    The Afghan Impasse, Part 7: Talking to the Taliban

    Since taking power, the Taliban has cracked down on human rights and has deprived women and girls of fundamental freedoms. The outlook for productive engagement is dim. Yet there may have been a window, in the early months after the fall of the Republic, to do things differently. Researcher Vicki Aken speaks to aid workers and activists involved in direct negotiations with the Taliban as well as representatives from the US and Taliban governments. And she takes a look at two intertwined questions. What might have been done differently then? And what should, or could, be done now?

    The Afghan Impasse, Part 6: Digital Dunkirk

    The Afghan Impasse, Part 6: Digital Dunkirk

    Once it became clear that US troops were leaving Afghanistan, the situation on the ground turned to panic. In August of 2021, radio reporter Shirin Jaafari found herself in the middle of the effort to find safe passage for Najiba Noor, a 27-year-old Afghan policewoman who was the target of threats and harassment by the Taliban. For this episode, Shirin reconnects with Noor and speaks with other people directly involved in the Digital Dunkirk – a mostly-online, grassroots effort to help vulnerable Afghans get to safety.

    The Afghan Impasse, Part 5: The Envoy Speaks

    The Afghan Impasse, Part 5: The Envoy Speaks

    When a diplomatic deal goes bad, the blame usually falls on the politicians. Often we don’t even remember the names of the negotiators. But in the wake of the return of the Taliban, a lot of people have blamed one man: US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad. Khalizad was born in Afghanistan but has served in the US government since the 1980s. He was at Bonn, and he later served as US Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq and the United Nations. Khalizad sat down with reporter Andrew North to discuss what went wrong – and right – during the negotiations for peace in Afghanistan.

    The Afghan Impasse, Part 4: History Repeats

    The Afghan Impasse, Part 4: History Repeats

    As soon as the Doha Agreement was signed, the clock started counting down to May 1st, 2021 – the day the US had agreed to withdraw all troops. That gave the Afghan Republic and the Taliban 14 months to negotiate a power sharing deal. That’s not a lot of time, even under the best of circumstances. Afghan American reporter Ali Latiifi has an insider’s look at how friction within Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s administration delayed and derailed the negotiations. But, there’s enough blame to go around, with the Taliban playing a waiting game and the US refusing to intervene.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
71 Ratings

71 Ratings

BubbingFrogDoberman ,

Colorado River Negotiations… simply Excellent!

Wow! I got to read Dr. Bruno Verdini’s book, “Winning Together: The Natural Resource Negotiation Playbook,” but getting to hear him talk about the negotiations himself is even more insightful, especially prior to the October 31st episode, as it really sets the stage for the modern day. Just the way the episode started, with how resources are framed in the context of Spanish colonialism and how Mexico may view the issue as “what could have been, and what was lost,” as well as the very real discrepancy between how Mexico and the U.S. thought about measuring a water shortage… quite illuminating. Dr. Verdini’s work ethic and passion is plain to see as well. It must certainly take a lot of grit to comprehensively capture the nuances of the Colorado River negotiations and get the stakeholders to agree to be interviewed for his work as well. Huge props to Host Jenn Williams as well for facilitating the conversation and to the team for great editing and framing. It was a great listen.

In today’s world, in the context of several environmental challenges (given a race to net-zero by 2050, increasing droughts with global warming, etc.), hearing more about negotiations like these is so important to learn how to best approach future challenges. Many issues we face today are not necessarily about technology obstacles, but rather those of economic, policy, and social concerns. As an aspiring leader in climate and clean tech myself, I am very grateful for the opportunity to hear more about these scenarios in easy-to-digest formats like this podcast. Very important work here, and will certainly be a repeat listener to this podcast.

Thanks for all your work!

brndn1322 ,

Excellent Podcast

I listen to this podcast and am always thrilled to listen to these real life spy stories

pwellmann ,

Negotiating an American journalist release from Myanmar

I’m already a big fan of Jennifer and this pod. But this is such a complicated story. An intimate look inside a truly remarkable outcome. Thanks for the level of detail. It renews some faith. Brava!

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