The Negotiation For The Release Of Bowe Bergdahl

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The negotiation for the release of Bowe Bergdahl in 2014 is the subject of my review. Bergdahl was the last United States (U.S) prisoner-of-war from the war in Afghanistan captured in 2009 by the Haqqani network, an ally of the Taliban terrorist group (Wallbank and Ratnam 2014). Bergdahl was taken after leaving his Army post and held by his captives in Pakistan for five years (CBS NEWS). According to reports, Bergdahl left his post as a result of becoming disillusioned with the war effort following the death of a fellow soldier; leaving many, including some members of congress, to consider him as a deserter (Capehart 2014). The deal made for Bergdahl’s return to the U.S. has been very controversial. For more than 200 years, the U.S.…show more content…
The Bergdahl negotiation was a strategic communication process to resolve a problem. In regards to the conflict continuum, White House officials initially reacted to Bergdahl’s capture with the most often used response to conflict, avoidance. However once rescuing Bergdahl became a higher priority, negotiations began through the government of Qatar. The government of Qatar, a Middle-Eastern country, agreed to facilitate the negotiations for humanitarian reasons (Wallbank and Ratnam 2014). Negotiations are complex, involving mixed motives, and the Bergdahl case is no exception. In the end, Bergdahl was released in exchange for the release of five Guantanamo Bay prisoners convicted of terrorism. The outcome reinforces the idea discussed in class that compromise is a win-win and a lose-lose proposition. In this case, Bergdahl was released safely, but it is now known the U.S. will negotiate for American captives held by extremists. Sceptics believe the perception from this case jeopardizes the safety of very American-civilian and military alike (Thor 2014). White House officials refute this claim, pointing out the U.S. negotiated through the government of Qatar rather than with terrorists (Wallbank and Ratnam 2014). The disengagement theory discussed in class is also relevant to this negotiation for a couple of reasons. First,

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