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FÖRHANDLING | Bill Richardson, tidigare guvernör i New Mexico, berättade för Kent Black på Bloomberg Businessweek om sina erfarenheter.

Saddam Hussein

It’s important when you negotiate with a dictator that you connect personally. […] Often the key is to find out what they really need rather than what they say they want. You have to learn what their current moods are, who they’re having an affair with, who they are threatened by, and what you think they want out of the negotiation with you. Don’t get emotional.

When I was negotiating with Saddam Hussein, I let him vent about the injustices that he felt the U.S. had played on Iraq. And then, after listening, I said, “You know, Mr. President, I’m not here to discuss the U.S.-Iraqi relationship. I just want the two Americans who are imprisoned [William Barloon and David Daliberti, released into Richardson’s custody in July 1995]. You’re not going to get an improvement in the relationship with the U.S., but you’ll get praise for a humanitarian gesture.”

You have to let the other side save face. Humor is often very effective. With the Sudanese, I said, “So, Mr. President, this guy that I’m still trying to get out of jail, does he still have his fingernails?” A little levity is important.

Bild: Daily Mail.

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