Program Details

Negotiations: It’s Not About Trust

Molly Williamson
International Relations / Politics
Video Catch-up

Course Description

This discussion will explore the essentiality of communication, agreeing on the issues to be addressed, the importance of time and timing, cross-cultural (mis)understandings, tools to build trust, the impotence of power, walking away and unintended consequences. Several Middle East talks will be used as context to illustrate these points.

About the Instructor

  • Molly Williamson speaks extensively on U.S. foreign policy. She is a scholar with the Middle East Institute, a consultant, and director of both corporate and non-profit Boards. A retired foreign service officer, Williamson achieved the rank of Career Minister and served six U.S. presidents. Williamson has had a unique combination of senior executive policy positions in four Cabinet Departments of the government.  Her postings include Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Energy; Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Departments of State, Defense, and Commerce; U.S. Interim Ambassador to Bahrain; and Chief of Mission and Consul General in Jerusalem during the Madrid Peace Process which culminated in the Oslo Accords. Williamson, a native of California, has been trained in both Arabic and Hebrew.  She has been awarded two Presidential Service Awards and eighteen awards from the Secretaries of State, Commerce, Defense, and Energy.

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