Negotiations, despite their obvious potential benefits, are not always the preferred means for achieving conflict resolution.
PKK-leader Abdullah Öcalan has called for peace between Turkey and PKK. The following months will show whether Turkey and PKK trust each other enough – at least more than they trust their common enemy Islamic State – to reach a settlement.
The brutal killing of an IS-held Jordanian pilot might make negotiating with IS not an option. Some captives of IS were freed though. So why not try to negotiate?