The Seven Deadly Sins of Mediation – by Lakhdar Brahimi and Salman Ahmed

Lakhdar Brahimi (ambassador, peace envoy, and veteran U.N. trouble-shooter) and Salman Ahmed (former U.N. peacekeeping official) have written a short and interesting paper that spells out what a mediator shouldn’t do when faced with a thorny diplomatic task.

Published by New York University’s Center on Cooperation, the paper outlines the seven deadly sins of mediation to be avoided at all costs:

  1. Ignorance
  2. Arrogance
  3. Partiality
  4. Impotence
  5. Haste
  6. Inflexibility
  7. False Promises