The United States ( U.s. ) Negotiation

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The United States (U.S.) negotiation with the Haqqani network for the release Bowe Bergdahl in 2014 is the subject of my review. Bergdahl was the last 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 member 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…show more content…
Furthermore, President Obama claims the move fulfills American’s commitment to leaving Afghanistan and bringing all U.S. prisoners-of-war home (Wallbank and Ratnam 2014). White House officials claim the U.S. did not negotiate with terrorist since the government of Qatar conducted the negotiation and the Haqqani network is not officially considered a terrorist organization. Regarding the possibility of using Special Forces to rescue Bergdahl from Pakistan, White House officials explain doing so was out of the question due to fear of further upsetting Pakistan’s government (Goldman and Wilson 2014). Analysis Relating to Class Discussions Regardless of whether the negotiation for Bergdahl was appropriate, it relates well to the information presented in class. The Bergdahl negotiation was a strategic communication process to get a deal or 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 a third party, the government of Qatar. Officials from Qatar agreed to facilitate the negotiations for humanitarian reasons (Wallbank and Ratnam 2014). As discussed in class, 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
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