Adopting Narrative Mediation in Protracted International Conflict: Transcending the relational and emotional hurdles to resolution in inter-group conflicts

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Title: Adopting Narrative Mediation in Protracted International Conflict: Transcending the relational and emotional hurdles to resolution in inter-group conflicts
Author: Millard, Ryan J.
Abstract: For several decades, scholars and practitioners of conflict resolution have been trying to formulate answers to what are known as "protracted" or "intractable" international conflicts. In these conflicts, many approaches to finding an effective resolution have been developed and tested, but are ultimately discarded after peace talks fail or years of negotiation reach political stalemate. Researchers have identified many reasons for the persistence of these conflicts but they have tended to focus on the overwhelming substantive issues (political, economic, legal, temporal, etc.) that have complicated official negotiations and the abilities of parties to reach any lasting resolution. This paper takes a more critical look at the negotiation and mediation attempts that have been employed in these types of conflicts and explores whether another set of issues relating to the relational and emotional aspects of protracted conflicts have been absent from the negotiations and mediations that were conducted in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, and The Republic of Georgia. Narrative Mediation is introduced as a supplemental approach to more conventional efforts at transforming protracted conflict, and its potential for adoption at both Track One and Track Three level interventions is explored.
Description: 76 p.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1794/8643
Date: 2008


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