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21 Negot. J. 3 (2005)

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             Editor's Note

                   Negotiation Journal

In a world where academic  work and professional practice are becoming
ever more  specialized, Negotiation Journal has remained cheerfully and
steadfastly cross-disciplinary. Our readers welcome the opportunity to look
to other fields for stimulating ideas and innovative practices.
    We  also look across national boundaries: consider the geographic
breadth represented by the authors in this issue, who work in Finland,
France, Israel, and Japan, as well as the United States, of course. Consider,
too, that the domains they illuminate range from business transactions to
land-use conflicts to police negotiations with a would-be bomber. We also
have two  pieces on the artful use of computer technology  in teaching
    For all the substantive differences, however, readers will not have to
look hard to recognize several recurring themes, among them the impor-
tance and challenge of effective communication. That topic is explicit in
the subtitle of Terry Royce's case study, The Negotiator and the Bomber:
Analyzing the Critical Role of Active Listening in Crisis Negotiations. It
is front-and-center in Ifat Moaz's research report, Evaluating the Com-
munication between  Groups in Dispute: Equality in Contact Interventions
between  Jews and Arabs in Israel.
    Cross-cultural comparisons are likewise invited by Hephzibah Levine's
case analysis, Mediating the War of Olives and Pines, and Taina Vuorela's
Laughing Matters, a study involving British, Finnish, and Irish business
negotiators. In this day and age, context also can be virtual, both in and
out of the classroom. The two notes by JoshuaWeiss and Laurence de Carlo
should be  of interest to teachers and to practitioners who increasingly
negotiate and teach in electronic environments.
    We  also welcome back an important feature of the Journal, our book
reviews and notes. An avalanche of articles bumped this kind of material
out of recent issues. We know our readers like to be alerted to practical
and provocative new books, so we pledge to give them more attention in
the months  ahead. David Matz's thoughtful review of Beyond Neutrality
gets us off to an excellent start.
    I close with a note of thanks to Shannon Quinn  who  served us so
capably as managing editor for 2004. She saw us through an important tran-
sitional year in which we forged an exciting partnership with Blackwell
Publishing and helped the Journal grow in length by more than twenty-
five percent - the equivalent of an entire issue. We knew from the outset

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