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Pastors and Imams co-mediating local conflicts

Modeling collaboration in your process design

Picture: Imam Ashafa and Pastor James

 

In this adversarial world of power politics, collaborative peace-making processes are emerging as providing surprisingly sustainable outcomes. Unlike power negotiations, participatory mediation is based on the premise that differing worldviews are able to co-exist peacefully and that solutions that meet both sides’ needs can be created by the parties.

Deconstructing the Use of Power in Mediation

From Power to Pure Mediations

Power, in the field of conflict resolution, is defined as the ability to bring about a preferred outcome. Mediation practitioners further differentiate between the use of power to impose an outcome and the use of power to bring out the conflict parties’ preferred outcome.

Statistics about International Mediation

The following are statistics about the use of mediation, its impact on crisis management and long-term tension reduction, and the effectiveness of various mediation styles and organizations. This is by no means a literature review but just a few numbers I found interesting.

Please feel free to respond by sharing the statistics you’ve found in your research, of course including appropriate references so sources can be verified.

From Violence to a Willingness to Negotiate

External forces cannot by themselves compel a State to end a civil strife: at some point, domestic actors need to be able to work together to find a way out of the conflict.

There are many reasons why people choose to escalate a conflict, but most often it is a tactic to achieve a certain objective. For example, to ensure a victory or avoid losing, to force a settlement or remain a relevant force, to gain support from patrons or expand one’s status, to seize a strategic advantage or just to punish the adversary and take revenge... [1].

Determining Your Readiness to Engage in Track-II Mediations

The literature has focused a great deal on trying to identify the right or “ripe” moment to initiate negotiations between belligerent parties, but in their article “Ready for Prime Time: The When, Who, and Why of International Mediation,” Chester Crocker, et al [1], discuss the readiness of the mediator for the task-at-hand. They discuss 3 dimensions of mediator ripeness for leading an official peace process:

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