Practitioner Piece: Bureaucratic Skill-Building and Track Two Diplomacy

In this newsletter’s interview, you will see Jonathan Cohen mention an oft-underacknowledged necessary skill for those interested in working in peacebuilding and mediation: bureaucratic know-how. Bureaucracy, a commonly dreaded word, is built into academic and non-profit work. Whether this is when engaging with funders or an organizational overseer (ex. a host university). This practitioner piece seeks to examine the relationship between bureaucratic navigation and building/supporting a Track Two process, how these skills are gained, and how one develops an efficient bureaucratic protocol and relationship with bureaucracy for their team and organization.