In The Huffington Post, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Prof Questions Putin

Peter T. Coleman, a professor in the M.S. in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution program, writes in The Huffington Post about Putin's recent move, sending military convoys into Ukraine. This strategy follows Putin's decision to annex Crimea, an act which provoked international outrage. This leads Coleman to ask, "Is Putin psychotic?"

Coleman, who also teaches psychology at Columbia University, says the following about domineering leaders: "When the powerful find themselves in disputes with others, their delusions really kick in. People in high power tend to become very comfortable adopting a domineering conflict style and often lose the capacity to respond in other ways. They monopolize speaking time and speak out of turn, are much more likely to express their private opinions and true attitudes, and are much less affected by the expressed attitudes or persuasion attempts of others."

However, other leaders adopt a different approach: "In contrast, many of our most renowned world leaders learned to swim against this tide. Nelson Mandela, Vaclav Havel, Angela Merkel, Mary Robinson, and Nobel Peace Prize laureates Leymah Gbowee and Aung San Suu Kyi, to name a few, showed much more adaptivity in conflict. Rather than holding fast to a take-it-or-suffer mode, they responded to different disputes with diverse strategies, artistry and flexibility in a manner fitting with the situation, and knew to reserve confrontation and domination for those times when it was really necessary. In other words, they had what we call high Conflict IQs."