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Light on Peacemaking by Thomas DiGrazia

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CHAPTER 9

Some Last Resort Options

Sometimes, none of the earlier suggestions prove successful in helping to break impasse. The following ideas and suggestions may then become helpful to the peacemaker in moving the peacemaking process forward.

Develop Alternatives and Proposals

Get participants to agree that all accords are contingent upon a bundle of agreements until they reach a global negotiated settlement on all issues. In this manner, one has greater negotiation opportunity to trade and effectuate compromises on the full spectrum of disputed issues. Such an approach is holistic in nature with participants gaining what they need from an overall settlement, rather than one narrow issue that creates intransigence, such as impasse over alimony. ...

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