Monday, June 9, 2014

Qatar, and the role of trusted intermediaries

Trusted intermediaries receive some attention in game theory and market design, since there are things that can be accomplished with the aid of intermediaries that are otherwise difficult or impossible.

The recent prisoner exchange between the United States and the Taliban was intermediated by Qatar. This story from the NY Times emphasizes some of the promises that they made and how they will have to continue to work to carry them out if they wish to be a trusted intermediary in the future: P.O.W. Deal Gives Qatar a Victory, and a New Test

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