Some conflicts seem to defy resolution. Marked by longevity, recurrent violence, and militant agendas, these intractable conflicts refuse to be settled either on the battlefield or at the negotiating table. The longer they fester, the stronger the international community's inclination to lose heart and to turn away. But, explain the authors of this provocative volume, effective mediation in intractable conflicts is possible - if the mediator knows what to do and when to do it. Written from the mediator's point of view, Taming Intractable Conflicts lays out the steps involved in tackling the most stubborn of conflicts. It first puts mediation in a larger context, exploring why mediators choose or decline to become involved, what happens when they get involved for the wrong reasons, and the impact of the mediator's institutional and political environment. It then discusses best mediation tradecraft at different stages: at the beginning of the engagement, when the going gets very rough, during the settlement negotiations, and in the post-settlement implementation stage. Forceful, concise, and highly readable, Taming Intractable Conflicts serves not only as a hands-on guide for would-b
Chester A. Crocker is the James R. Schlesinger professor of strategic studies at Georgetown University and chairman of the Institute's board of directors. Fen Osler Hampson is director of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. Pamela Aall is director of the Education Program at the Institute. They jointly edited three earlier volumes: Turbulent Peace: The Challenges of Managing International Conflict, Herding Cats: Multiparty Mediation in a Complex World, and Managing Global Chaos: Sources of and Responses to International Conflict.
Mediating in the Danger Zone; Mediator Motivation; Forgotten Conflicts and the International Community; First Steps and Hidden Traps; Building a Negotiating Strategy; Hitting the Wall; The Ingredients of a Settlement; Making a Settlement Stick; Conclusions