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Resolving International Conflicts: The Theory and Practice

Jacob Bercovitch, editor
ISBN: 978-1-55587-601-2
1995/282 pages/LC: 95-16447
"A sophisticated, state-of-the-art theoretical analysis of international conflict mediation."— Nod and Conversion

"A lively book, full of theoretical and practical insights....this excellent book should be on the shelves of all conflict resolvers and students of this topic."— Dean Pruitt, Peace and Conflict

"Resolving International Conflicts provides a rich introduction."—Mershon International Studies Review

"Expertly edited and cogently argued.... Highly recommended."—Choice


Mediation is rapidly becoming one of the most important methods of settling conflicts in the post-Cold War world, practiced by virtually every actor and dealing with every conceivable issue in the relations between states. This book represents the most recent trends in and thinking about the process and practice of international mediation.

A coherent, analytical, well-integrated text, complete with real-world examples, the book examines the mediation efforts of various actors, as well as various methods of mediation. Each chapter combines theoretical with practical concerns, making this collection ideal for classroom assignment. 


Jacob Bercovitch is senior lecturer in international relations at the University of Canterbury (New Zealand). His many publications in the field of conflict management and mediation include Social Conflict and Third Parties: Strategies of Conflict Management, ANZUS in Crisis: Alliance Mismanagement in International Relations, and Mediation in International Relations. In 1993, he was the Lady Davis Professor in International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


  • Foreword—Jimmy Carter.
  • Introduction: Thinking About Mediation—J. Bercovitch.
  • The Study of International Mediation: Theoretical Issues and Empirical Evidence—J. Bercovitch and A. Houston.
  • Bias and Impartiality in International Mediation—P. Carnevale and S. Arad.
  • Mediating Conflict in Central America—P. Wehr and John Lederach.
  • The UN Secretary General and the Mediation of International Disputes—K. Skjelsbaek and G. Fermann.
  • CULTURE. Cultural Aspects of International Mediation—R. Cohen.
  • The Limits of Mediation: Lessons from the Syria-Israel Experience, 1974-1994—B. Mandell.
  • Mediation in Internal Conflicts: Lessons from Sri Lanka—K. Rupesinge.
  • The Yugoslavian Conflict, European Mediation, and the Contingency Model: A Critical Perspective—K. Webb et al.
  • Environmental Mediation in International Relations—D. Shmueli and A. Vranesky.
  • Varieties of Mediating Activities and Mediators in International Relations—L. Kriesberg.
  • A Contingency Perspective on Conflict Interventions: Theorectical and Practical Consideration—L. Keashly and R. Fisher.
A Leonard Davis Institute Study in International Politics