SOURCE: Institute for Public Dialogue

October 15, 2007 08:01 ET

On October 15, the Institute for Public Dialogue Will Formally Propose That the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Establish "Public Talks," a New International Conflict Resolutions Process

SAUSALITO, CA--(Marketwire - October 15, 2007) - Public Talks was introduced in a September 25 opinion editorial in Roll Call http://www.ifpdialogue.com/RollCall.pdf

The proposal for this new form of worldwide dialogue -- "a diplomatic option of last resort" -- is here: http://www.ifpdialogue.com/Senate3.pdf.

From our Home page: "Public Talks is an approach to conflict resolution that is entirely different and far more expansive than anything else in the field." -- Gordon Feller, Urban Age Institute

Journalists are asked to connect the dots between the Roll Call op ed and this proposal by asking the question: If you are a member of this Senate Committee, would you recommend hearings to debate this international conflict resolution process as called for in this proposal?

An affirmative answer will give a journalist the jump on a national news story.

A further description of Public Talks is provided below from the Sept 26 Huffington Post.

Author: Chris Weigant|

"A Truly Original Foreign Policy Idea: Public Talks"

Posted September 26, 2007 | 05:56 AM (EST)

If two groups of peoples in violent disagreement with each other on the world's stage (be they different countries, dispossessed groups, or factions within a country) have exhausted all diplomatic options, is the inevitable result war? Or is there another way to address their vastly different viewpoints of history (and the conflict at hand) which could have a better outcome?

An opinion piece ran in yesterday's Roll Call which proposes a truly innovative and original concept: Instead of closed-door diplomatic meetings, why not try working out differences in the public arena?

The idea (in a nutshell) is: when all other diplomatic methods of resolving a disagreement have already failed, why not try something different? Have both sides publish their views of the history of the conflict to the world's audience, in publicly available media -- and let the chips fall where they may. Each side would make its case to the world, for all to see.

As charges and counter-charges are published in a continuing process (over a period of months), each side could rebut legitimate points made by the other in subsequent releases -- in an attempt to sway world opinion to their relative perspectives.

The full Huffington story here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-weigant/a-truly-original-foreign-_b_65889.html

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