Editor's Introduction

Date01 September 2015
Published date01 September 2015
C R Q, vol. 33, no. 1, Fall 2015 1
© 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. and the Association for Confl ict Resolution
Published online in Wiley Online Library (wileyonlinelibrary.com) • DOI: 10.1002/crq.21126
We begin this issue with three articles that bring us back to the jour-
nal’s fi rst focus: mediation.
e article by Lewis and Umbreit promotes a model of mediation that
is less focused on process and settlement and more focused on making
connections between people through honest communication. Tjersland,
Gulbrandsen, and Haavind examine the failure of court-ordered media-
tion in high confl ict couples in Norway, and off er some suggestions in the
hope of reducing confl ict and improving cooperation for these families.
Khachaturova and Poimanova used an experimental research design to
examine which mediation style works best in disputes between two people
versus people embedded in larger social groups.  eir ndings have sig-
nifi cant implications for those working with parties and on disputes that
impact third parties and are part of a broader social web of relationships.
In their contribution, Katz and Sosa examine the importance of emo-
tion and emotional intelligence as contributing factors in successful nego-
tiations and therefore mediation as well. Rather than always being seen as
an escalating factor, the healthy expression of emotion can benefi t negotia-
tion, and parties with higher degrees of emotional intelligence can harness
the creative and healing power of emotion in the interests of resolution.
e next two pieces examine cultures with histories of signifi cant vio-
lence to better understand the long-term impact of that violence and how
to turn around these histories into better futures. Mukashema and Mullet
gathered data from the children of genocide perpetrators in Rwanda to see
if they felt guilt for their parents’ behaviors and how this guilt aff ects them,
therefore aff ecting the country’s ongoing recovery. Using Chicago as a con-
text, Megan Lambertz-Berndt examines a part of Chicago that has been
long known for its violence and unrest. She juxtaposes this image with the
amazing work of peacemakers and community builders there, discussing
the need to reframe the images of those impacted by violence as well as the
broader community.
Each of these articles makes a novel contribution to our knowledge in
mediation, negotiation, and confl ict resolution both in the United States
and foreign contexts.

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