Gabrielle Rifkind

April 1 2011

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This paper looks at the Iran-​US conflict through a psychosocial lens. The author describes how the situation would differ if we better understood the mind of the "enemy" and how the history of negotiations and of each country have led to misunderstanding and frustration. She also explores what new structures could be put in place to help ensure a sustainable negotiating process.



Gabrielle Rifkind is Director, Human Security in the Middle East Programme. She is a group analyst and
specialist in conflict resolution and is convener and founder of the Middle East Policy Initiative Forum
(MEPIF). She has initiated and facilitated a number of Track II roundtables and hosts the media 'Liddite'
Conversations with ORG. She is also working on developing dialogue between Iran, the US and Israel.
She makes regular contributions to press an