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Taming Intractable Conflicts: Mediation in the Hardest Cases [Paperback]

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The authors of this provocative volume argue that intractable conflicts are not impervious to effective mediation---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 postsettlement implementation stage.

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Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   United States Institute of Peace Press
ISBN  1929223552  
ISBN13  9781929223558  

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More About Chester A. Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson & Pamela R. Aall

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Chester A. Crocker is the James R. Schlesinger Professor of Strategic Studies at Georgetown University where his teaching and research focus on conflict management and regional security issues. He served as chairman of the board of the United States Institute of Peace (1992-2004), and continues as a member of its board. From 1981-1989, he was U.S. assistant secretary of state for African affairs. As such, he was the principal diplomatic architect and mediator in the prolonged negotiations among Angola, Cuba, and South Africa that led to Namibia s transition to independence, and to the withdrawal of Cuban forces from Angola. Dr. Crocker served as a staff officer at the National Security Council (1970-72) where he worked on Middle East, Indian Ocean, and African issues and director of African studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (1976-80). He serves on the boards Universal Corporation, Inc., a leading independent trading company in tobacco and agricultural products; Good Governance Group Ltd, a business intelligence advisory service; and Bell Pottinger USA, a communications and public relations firm. Dr. Crocker is a founding member of the Global Leadership Foundation, the Africa-based Housing for HIV Foundation and member of the Independent Advisory Board of the World Bank. Dr. Crocker is the author of "High Noon in Southern Africa: Making Peace in a Rough Neighborhood "(1993), co-author (with Fen Osler Hampson and Pamela Aall) of "Taming Intractable Conflicts: Mediation in the Hardest Cases" (2004), and coeditor of "Leashing the Dogs of War: Conflict Management in a Divided World "(2007), "Grasping the Nettle: Analyzing Cases of Intractable Conflict "(2005); "Turbulent Peace: The Challenges of Managing International Conflict "(2001); and "Herding Cats: Multiparty Mediation in a Complex World "(1999).

Chester A. Crocker currently resides in Washington.

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A guide forged from realism and worldwide experience  Dec 13, 2004
The collaborative effort of Chester A. Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson and Pamela Aall, Taming Intractable Conflicts: Mediation In The Hardest Cases is a resource written by expert mediators and social scientists, persuasively arguing that even the most stubborn conflicts are not immune to mediation - if the mediator knows what to do and how to do it. Explicitly spelling out what is vital to make peace stick and what is a recipe for disaster - for example, the absolute necessity of hammering out a framework of negotiation or a declaration of principles, in addition to maintaining a secure home base, being on guard for peace spoilers, setting a realistic timetable for disarmament, and a solid sequence for which core issues fueling the conflict will be addressed - Taming Intractable Conflicts is a guide forged from realism and worldwide experience. Scrutinizing conflicts from the Rwandan genocide to violence in Ireland, wars in Afghanistan, turbulence in Sri Lanka and much more, Taming Intractable Conflicts grounds its principle in the lessons of history itself, especially twentieth-century history. An absolute must-read for anyone with a personal or professional interest in global diplomacy and peacemaking.

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