Conflict resolution on voter suppression
Peacekeeping and conflict resolution
Peacekeeping entails strategies of attaining a ceasefire for parties in conflicts. It is a useful tool in international and national levels that helps in cooling wars and unrest in the countries and nations. Conflicts may end up in war, and violence and peacekeeping strategies help establish the path towards finding an amicable solution to stop the conflict. On the other hand, conflict resolution entails managing to put into negotiating table the conflicting parties to chat the path towards finding a lasting solution to cure the conflicts. The concepts denote a collection of several skills and competencies such as mediation, arbitration, and mediation employed in resolving the conflicts to reach into an amicable position supported and agreed by all parties (McClendon, Burke & Willey, 2010).
Engaging the art of negotiation in conflict resolution
The art of negotiation is important in resolving the political conflicts arising from voter suppression. The concept helps people navigate chaotic scenes that may crop out in the negotiating table by applying listening skills, logical reasoning, and persuasion, among others. Adaptability to ever-changing and emerging dynamics in the negotiating table helps to resolve the conflicts. It is crucial first to understand each party’s grievances and ensure everyone gets an equal chance to table all the issues they have relating to impunity, injustice, and other forms of discrimination in terms of voter suppression. Building trust by ensuring impartiality in the negotiation process is critical in developing trust (Wheeler & Wheeler, 2013). Effective communication skills help one articulate emotive issues effectively and navigate through solutions from conflicting parties without resulting in outbursts. One must understand multicultural issues that may hinder the negotiation process. A good negotiator considers the participation of wide stakeholder engagement to ensure diversity of thoughts and group thinking in finding a lasting solution.
Recommendations to stakeholder
One recommendation I would suggest is to consider justice and fairness as guiding principles to finding a lasting solution. To promote justice, every party in the conflict must have an opportunity to express their frustrations. The next step must entail ironing out several underlying issues such as historical injustices, racial discrimination, ethnic and cultural dynamics attributed to the conflict. Multicultural aspects consider all the stakeholders involved in the process, such as the people of color, people with disabilities, underprivileged, homeless, the government, the electoral institutions and infrastructure, and the civil society groups. All the stakeholders have interests in the negotiating table, and the art of negotiating must ensure everyone’s contribution counts. The negotiator needs to ensure collaboration in brainstorming solutions to the problem (McClendon, Burke & Willey, 2010).
Negotiation is characterized by “give and take “where the parties reach a compromise. This is reached after each side gives concessions and also gains from the other to help strike consensus. The recommendations primarily rest in wide consultation, persuasion, group thinking, and collaboration among all stakeholders (Mayer, 2010). The process is vital to ensure that the solution that comes out is agreeable and supported by all the conflict stakeholders. Each stakeholder must feel valued and accepted in the negotiating table, so they voluntarily contribute to building a sustainable solution. The solution must be geared toward ensuring each person have equal capacity and opportunity to cast votes without discrimination regardless of their diversity. These solutions are sustainable since they involve each stakeholder and own up by everyone. Acceptance is integral in ensuring that everyone involved is committed to the lasting solution as agreed by all stakeholders.
Mayer, B. S. (2010). The dynamics of conflict resolution: A practitioner’s guide. John Wiley & Sons.
McClendon, B., Burke, D. D., & Willey, L. (2010). The art of negotiation: what the twenty-first century business student should know. J. Legal Stud. Educ., 27, 277.
Wheeler, M., & Wheeler, M. A. (2013). The art of negotiation: How to improvise agreement in a chaotic world. Simon and Schuster.