• U.S/Russian Negotiations and Getting to Yes

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    “This is not a negotiation,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken solemnly declared at a press conference during his recent meeting with the Russian minister of foreign affairs, Sergei Lavrov, in Geneva. He went on to say that during their meeting each side merely presented its position, making a distinction between just presenting one’s position and a negotiation. Following previous meetings between the two sides in Geneva, Brussels, and Vienna, Blinken was apparently only trying to put forward what was possible to negotiate and what was not. In other words, he articulated what were “non-starters” or non-negotiable.

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  • Welcome Madam Ambassador, But Please Not The Best and Brightest 2.0

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    One of the most unreported events of the Biden/Putin summit of June 16, 2021, was the lack of an American Geneva ambassador on the tarmac to greet President Biden when he stepped off Air Force One. Since January 2021, there has been no United States ambassador to the Office of the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva. But that has changed with the Senate confirmation of Bathsheba Crocker on December 18, 2021.

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  • Moral Injury: A New Description of What Ails You?

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    Naomi Osaka withdraws from the French Open with mental health issues. Simone Biles withdraws from the Olympic all-around gymnastics competition because of mental health struggles. The pressure on top athletes is enormous. We are becoming familiar with their issues as more and more athletes come forward to articulate their problems. But what about you? What about someone who gets up in the morning and reads the daily newspaper and/or watches the news in the evening? How are you feeling? 

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  • A Tale of Three Summits: Russia and the U.S. Once More in Geneva

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    The June 16 summit between Presidents Biden and Putin was the obvious highlight of 2021 for International Geneva. Almost 1000 journalists from around the world followed the event that re-asserted Geneva’s role as a neutral venue for high level diplomatic talks. But the result of the meeting in no way compares with the Reagan/Gorbachev summit of 1985. 

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