Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Great Regulars: There is, as yet, no "training school" for

international mediators, and thus one of the only ways to learn is to look at the style and techniques of experienced mediators.  This book looks at key efforts by the Swedish diplomat (and sometimes U.N. official) Jan Eliasson in four conflict situations: the Iran-Iraq war; two aspects of the Sudan conflict: the North-South Sudan civil war and the armed militias in Darfur; the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia; and the 1991-'92 refugee flow of Rohingyas from Burma to Bangladesh. It happens that in each of these conflicts I was involved at the same time in Track II efforts, but working largely from the U.N. in Geneva and knew some of what Eliasson was doing from U.N. staff involved.

from René Wadlow: Fellowship of Reconciliation: The Go-Between


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