Conexistence Panel to Explore Ethnic Tension

Event Date: Friday March 9, 2001
Time: 7:00 - 9:30 P.M.
Location: Langdell Hall South, Harvard Law School

On Thursday, April 5, a panel titled “Does Coexistence Mean I have to Like You? Practical Wisdom for Dealing with Ethnic Tensions” will be presented in Langdell Hall South at Harvard Law School from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. Panelists will include Darko Jordanov, a Macedonian, and Herbi Elmazi, an ethnic Albanian, who have developed a joint project to increase communication and constructive relationships between Albanians and Macedonians in the South-Slavic region.

In the last few weeks, growing tensions in Macedonia between ethnic Albanians and Macedonians threaten to precipitate a regional war not unlike the catastrophic conflict which occurred in Kosovo a few years ago. This evening panel will explore the work Jordanov and Elmazi are doing to offset ethnic strife. Other members of the panel are Drs. Sara Cobb, Executive Director of the Program on Negotiation; Roger Fisher, Director of the Harvard Negotiation Project; and Dan Shapiro, Associate at the Harvard Negotiation Project. They will join Jordanov and Elmazi in reflecting on the challenges of coexistence and conflict management among ethnic groups.

In this discussion, special attention will be paid to the role of emotions in conflict management: How do groups coexist given the fears and realities of their relationship with the other? The panel is the first meeting in a series on the role of emotion in negotiation. Fisher, author of the negotiation classic Getting to YES (2nd ed. 1991), and Shapiro are working on a book on this subject.

Panelists invite all those interested to participate in this discussion of a subject with implications for peace in many regions of the world. For further information contact Dan Shapiro:


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