Ill. Iation was a multiparty effort involving a range of actors individuals states international organizations and NGOs working simultaneously or seuentially These vivid accounts attest to the crucial importance of coordinating and building pon 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 objectivesThis 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.
Br. 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 ncertainty Whether seuestered 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 processAnd just to make thingscomplicated each conflict now typically attracts several independent mediators Indeed coordinating third party mediators is like herding cats difficult if not impossibleIn each of the two dozen cases examined in this volume med.
Ian. Reuested 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 reuirements and best practices of the field promote a dialogue among practitioners themselves as well as between academics and practitioners and lead to niue insights new nderstandings and alternative approaches that can be applied to future mediationsThe 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.