Michelle Polato

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In a world where traditional diplomacy often comes up short in ensuring stable-inter- and intra-state relations, the use of mediation in managing disputes is on the rise. Mediation in Political Conflicts: Soft Power or Counter Culture brings to light the global role played by mediation in political peacemaking. The value of the volume is in its approach. As stated by Jaques Faget, editor of and contributor to Mediation in Political Conflicts, the overarching goal of the book is to analyze the "recent rise in mediation strategies and the emergence of new players in the peace building process - NGOs [non-governmental organizations] with various legal statuses, charismatic personalities, private groups, academics, and religious networks." To this end, essays and case studies from eleven authors are offered to add to the reader's understanding of the variety of mediation processes and to suggest approaches for the further development of political mediation as an increasingly important peacemaking process.



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