Q Magazinespoke with AustralianAdam Dolnik, expert in negotiation techniques, about the prisoner's dilemma and the "red line" that governments are willing to overcome when initializing the dialogue with terrorist groups.
How can a democratic government talk to terrorists without jeopardizing the integrity of its political system?
It is always politically difficult for governments to talk to terrorists, mainly because of the widespread misconception that talking to them is the same thing as „giving in” or rewarding extortionate behavior. However, all governments should communicate with anyone who can help them get the hostage back home. This is not the same thing as capitulating, and negotiations by themselves do not imply substantive concessions to the terrorists’ demands. We should hence always negotiate with terrorists.
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