Words Over War

Words Over War : Mediation and Arbitration to Prevent Deadly Conflict


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The international community can creatively and aggressively address deadly conflict through mediation, arbitration, and the development of international institutions to promote reconciliation. The editors of this book designed a systematic framework with which contributors compare third party intervention in twelve conflicts of the post-Cold War period. They examine the role of international organizations-the United Nations, international development banks, and international law institutions-and they analyze the tools and forms of leverage in successful and unsuccessful mediations.

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  • Hardback | 488 pages
  • 157.5 x 226.1 x 30.5mm | 725.76g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0847698920
  • 9780847698929

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Melanie Greenberg is an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law Center and a lecturer-at-law at Stanford Law School. She has served as the associate director of the Stanford Center on International Security and Cooperation, and deputy director of the Stanford Center on Conflict and Negotiation. John H. Barton is George E. Osborne Professor of Law at the Stanford Law School and co-director of the Stanford Law and Technology Policy Center. He has authored or co-authored several volumes on arms control issues. Margaret E. McGuinness is completing her JD at Stanford Law School. She served in the United States Foreign Service from 1988 to 1996. Her overseas postings included Canada, Pakistan, and Germany. She served as a Special Assistant to Secretary of State Warren Christopher from 1993 to 1994.

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Words over War is part of the important series of books and reports sponsored by the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict. The book is a welcome addition to the study of conflict prevention and dispute resolution. The American Journal Of International Law The case studies in this volume discuss at length the changing international arena and the role of the international community in mediating deadly conflict. The studies represent a fascinating cross section of conflict in the post-Cold War era... Only by studying different forms of mediation, and at the same time by comparing controlled variables, can we begin to understand how to make mediation more effective and how to use it in our arsenal of tools for preventing deadly conflict... I sincerely hope that this volume will inspire future mediators in their search for peace and reconciliation. -- Cyrus R. Vance, from the foreword

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