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The Mediation Dilemma

Kyle Beardsley


Mediation has become a common technique for terminating violent conflicts both within and between states; while mediation has a strong record in reducing hostilities, it is not without its own problems. This book highlights its long-term limitations. The result of this approach to peacemaking is often a fragile peace. With the intervention of a third-party mediator, warring parties may formally agree to concessions that are insupportable in the long term and soon enough find themselves at odds again. The book examines this argument using two data sets and traces it through several historical c ... More

Keywords: mediation, peacemaking, warring parties, concessions, conflict relapse, conflict resolution, long-term peace, short-term peace

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780801450037
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450037.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kyle Beardsley, author
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Emory University