The Hurting Way Out: Group Cohesion and the Mitigating Potential of Private Actors in Conflict Negotiation

According to William Zartman the elements necessary for a ripe moment are a Way Out and a Mutually Hurting Stalemate. This paper further develops ripeness theory by taking a closer look at these two conditions of ripeness. It finds that the two necessary elements of ripeness – Way Out and Mutually Hurting Stalemate – constrain … Continue reading The Hurting Way Out: Group Cohesion and the Mitigating Potential of Private Actors in Conflict Negotiation

Influencing Negotiation Willingness in the Middle East: The Potential Contributions of Private Actors

Specifically, we examine two pairs of efforts to resolve the conflict in Israel and Palestine: the “Road Map” and the track two Geneva Initiative of 2003, and the Olmert Peace Plan and Jimmy Carter's visit to the Middle East in 2008. In the first pair, NGO efforts yielded unexpected results. The Palestinians were ready to … Continue reading Influencing Negotiation Willingness in the Middle East: The Potential Contributions of Private Actors

Engaging Armed Actors in Conflict Mediation. Consolidating Government and Non-government Approaches

To reduce the humanitarian consequences of conflict for civilian populations, specifically, NGOs and private actors involved in conflict mediation/resolution employ one of three general approaches: some pursue the more immediate approach of facilitating the delivery of humanitarian assistance in territory controlled by NSAGs; some promote international norms concerning the protection of civilians and combatants, with … Continue reading Engaging Armed Actors in Conflict Mediation. Consolidating Government and Non-government Approaches

NGOs as norm dealers: Norm-Diffusion in Conflict Management using the example of the ICRC

The purpose of this paper is to shed light on the dynamics and the results of the norm diffusion practices occurring between the ICRC and non-state arms carriers in environments of conflict and fragile statehood. The paper aims to conceptually describe the methods used by the ICRC and to provide an answer regarding the difficulties … Continue reading NGOs as norm dealers: Norm-Diffusion in Conflict Management using the example of the ICRC

The Power of Persuasion. The Role of INGOs in Engaging Armed Groups

The number of armed conflicts featuring extreme violence against the civilian population in areas with no or little State authority has risen significantly since the early 1990s. This phenomenon has been particularly prevalent in the African Great Lakes Region. This collection of essays evaluates, from an interdisciplinary perspective, the various traditional and alternative instruments for … Continue reading The Power of Persuasion. The Role of INGOs in Engaging Armed Groups

The Dark Side of Recognition. Mutual Exclusiveness of Passive and Active Recognition in the Middle East Conflict

Proponents of the declaratory and the constitutive theory of recognition differ in their understanding of what comes first: statehood or recognition. While according to the declaratory theory, states are created because they fulfill certain criteria of statehood and hence should be recognized, according to the constitutive theory, recognition calls states into being: “Does one state’s … Continue reading The Dark Side of Recognition. Mutual Exclusiveness of Passive and Active Recognition in the Middle East Conflict