It is the combination of genuine intellectual vigour, risky getting-hands-dirty practical involvement and a passionate, persistent commitment to human values that is so welcome in this book.  Many people bring two of these strands, but only the three-stranded rope represented here is strong enough to haul us up to a new vantage point above ‘The Fog’.

John Lord Alderdice FRCPsych, Convenor of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party in the House of Lords and Senior Research Fellow, Harris Manchester College, Oxford

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It is rare that such a thoughtful book about the great issues of war and peace is written so engagingly. The style is personal and full of fascinating anecdote, but the underlying argument is profound and timeless: why do we continue to kill each other and how can we be brought to stop. In offering an answer, this book is a fine combination of the practical and the theoretical. It examines the issues of identity and notes the essential role of the individual in peacemaking - a subject on which the authors are exceptionally well qualified to comment."

Richard Barrett ; Former head of counter terrorism at MI6 and Coordinator of the United Nations Al-Qaida and Taliban Monitoring Team

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The Fog  of Peace is a stimulating and thrilling  read for all interested in the resolution of conflicts of international relevance. It is a rare effort to put the spotlight on the negotiators and on the need for more psychological insight.

Hans Blix : head of the International Atomic Energy Agency at the time of the Iraq war

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 The Fog of Peace is an important book, not just for negotiators but for all of us. It explains why so many efforts to resolve regional or local conflict end in failure. it illuminates the path to a much more thoughtful handling of hatred and hostility: bring the enemy in from the cold. This is a refreshing and readable account of the psychology of reconciliation, which political leaders would do well to absorb. 

Jeremy Greenstock former UK ambassador to UN

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Fascinating and so clear this is a book that politicians of all nations, their advisers and every member of the United Nations Secretariat should read.' 

Guy Hibbert Screenwriter and recipient of the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize for peace and reconciliation in Ireland

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Fascinating, revelatory and insightful, the Fog of Peace is a remarkable book. The combined product of an experienced diplomat and a shrewd practicing therapist, it is based on real life encounters rather than tired theory and worn-out politics. As a result, it captures the human emotions that underlay all conflicts and powerfully displays that the solutions to war lie in truly understanding 'the other' and unpicking the enmities that run so deep." 

 Baroness Helena Kennedy QC

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Attention  politicians, diplomats, negotiators, academics and anyone interested in resolving conflicts.  Read this book.  Picco and Rifkind have assembled a body of evidence, in large part drawn from vast personal experiences—in the Middle East, Asia, and elsewhere—that emphasizes the critical importance of understanding the human factor in conflict situations.  Learning from these two professionals will be instrumental in approaching every conflict we face.

Dan Kurtzer :Former United States Ambassador to Egypt and Israel; Professor of Middle East policy studies at Princeton University

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I found the substance of the book brilliant and  that the two authors Gianni Picco and Gabrielle Rifkind have such a consistent shared view is impressive. And the substance of that view -how peacemakers need to set about their task-struck me as original and an important message for all of us.

 Brian Lapping TV producer Brook Lapping

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 This book should be essential reading for everyone, but especially for those in government. This remarkable and refreshing book offers an extremely practical new approach to finding a path through the fogs of war and peace.  The authors argue that using the tool of empathy and getting into the mind of the enemy is not appeasement. This book is anything but soft and cuddly, it is based on a deep understanding of real politik in its most brutal forms.

 John McCarthy : former Beirut hostage writer and broadcaster

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Authors - distinguished one in diplomacy and the other in psychotherapy - team up well to inform us of the foibles, failures and most of all what makes for success in peacemaking. For even the most expert, this book will open new insights into a process neither well understood nor sufficiently successfully practiced. Up-to-date, with fascinating personal vignettes and a deep understanding of the human and political condition, it is a choice read for all interested in learning how to improve the search for peace around the globe." 

"Thomas R Pickering, former US Under Secretary of State, Ambassador to Russia, India, the UN, Israel and Jordan."

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Stimulating, thought provoking,  original and very persuasive. The book  is an excellent opportunity to present, to a wide and anxious public, a comprehensive analysis of the deficiencies  in current efforts to resolve international crises and a powerful case for a mature and sophisticated approach to conflict resolution. It deserves to reach a wide audience and have a powerful impact.

 Sir Malcolm  Rifkind: former Foreign  Secretary

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An important and stimulating  book about conflict resolution and the contemporary international system.  It is full of engaging and fascinating insights into the art of diplomacy and the critical importance of empathy in successful negotiations.  The authors draw on their rich personal backgrounds to illuminate their case.

Bruce Riedel : Former CIA officer

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IThe Fog of Peace, Giandomenico Picco, an international diplomat of rare ability and quiet accomplishments, and Gabrielle Rifkind, a specialist of conflict resolution, draw upon their professional and personal experiences to provide intriguing views on dealing with difficult foreign policy challenges. Having benefitted over the years from Mr. Picco’s insights on the Middle East, I am delighted that he and Ms. Rifkind are reaching out to a broader audience."

Gen (Ret) Brent  Scowcroft, National Security Advisor to President George H.W Bush

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'From the fog of war and the tangle of international diplomacy to the fog of the human mind and the tangle of the soul - two contrasting approaches to conflict resolution come together intriguingly. This is their remarkable account.'

Jon Snow; Journalist and presenter

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