Herding Cats: Multiparty Mediation in a Complex World / Edition 1

Herding Cats: Multiparty Mediation in a Complex World / Edition 1

by Chester A. Crocker
     
 

ISBN-10: 1878379925

ISBN-13: 9781878379924

Pub. Date: 11/28/1999

Publisher: United States Institute of Peace Press (USIP Press)

An illustrious cast of practitioners here describe their personal experiences in working to bring peace in significant conflicts across four continents. As James Baker, Richard Holbrooke, Max van der Stoel, Alvaro de Soto, Aldo Ajello, and others make clear, the mediator must operate in an environment of daunting complexity, insecurity, and uncertainty. Whether…  See more details below

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An illustrious cast of practitioners here describe their personal experiences in working to bring peace in significant conflicts across four continents. As James Baker, Richard Holbrooke, Max van der Stoel, Alvaro de Soto, Aldo Ajello, and others make clear, the mediator must operate in an environment of daunting complexity, insecurity, and uncertainty. Whether sequestered in Norway or zigzagging across Africa, the mediator can take nothing for granted—not participants, agendas, or timetables—in the struggle to sustain and advance the peace process.

And just to make things more complicated, each conflict now typically attracts several independent mediators. Indeed, coordinating third party mediators is like herding cats—difficult if not impossible.

In each of the two dozen cases examined in this volume, mediation was a multiparty effort, involving a range of actors—individuals, states, international organizations, and NGOs—working simultaneously or sequentially. These vivid accounts attest to the crucial importance of coordinating and building upon the efforts of other players. They also illuminate the opportunities and problems presented by different entry points of mediation—from conflict prevention, through negotiation during active conflict, to post-settlement implementation and peacebuilding—and by different kinds of leverage, levels of engagement, and objectives.

This volume was developed by the same editors who were responsible for USIP Press's highly successful 1996 publication Managing Global Chaos and is intended as a follow-on to that book. In their feedback on the 1996 volume, readers requested additional resources, especially case studies that reflect real, hands-on experience in complex settings. Not only will these cases illustrate how multiparty mediation works or does not work, but they should also stimulate further work on the special requirements and best practices of the field, promote a dialogue among practitioners themselves as well as between academics and practitioners, and lead to unique insights, new understandings, and alternative approaches that can be applied to future mediations.

The editors have framed the volume with discussions that link the practitioner cases to the scholarly literature on mediation, thereby situating the case studies in terms of theory while also drawing lessons for both scholars and practitioners that can help guide future endeavors.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781878379924
Publisher:
United States Institute of Peace Press (USIP Press)
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
768
Product dimensions:
6.37(w) x 8.99(h) x 1.71(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Contributors
1Introduction3
2Multiparty Mediation and the Conflict Cycle19
3The Practitioner's Perspective47
4The Role of the OSCE High Commissioner in Conflict Prevention65
5Canada and the Crisis in Eastern Zaire85
6Managing Potential Conflicts in the South China Sea: Informal Diplomacy for Conflict Prevention107
7Burundi: A Case of Parallel Diplomacy135
8The Multilevel Peace Process in Tajikistan159
9The Road to Madrid183
10Peacemaking in Southern Africa: The Namibia-Angola Settlement of 1988207
11Mediating Peace in Mozambique: The Role of the Community of Sant'Egidio245
12Bringing Peace to Cambodia275
13The Road to Sarajevo325
14Ending Violent Conflict in El Salvador345
15Haiti: Canada's Role in the OAS387
16The Ecuador-Peru Peace Process405
17The Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland431
18Multiparty Mediation in Northern Ireland469
19More and Less Than It Seemed: The Carter-Nunn-Powell Mediation in Haiti, 1994505
20The Oslo Accord: Multiparty Facilitation through the Norwegian Channel527
21A Bosnian Federation Memoir547
22The United Nations in Angola: Post-Bicesse Implementation587
23Mozambique: Implementation of the 1992 Peace Agreement615
24Angola: The Lusaka Peace Process643
25Rising to the Challenge of Multiparty Mediation665
Index701

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