Understanding Mediation's Role in Preventive Diplomacy


  • Jacob Bercovitch

    1. Jacob Bercovitch is Professor of International Relations at the University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch, New Zealand.
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The ever:increasing number of international conflicts, their complexity, intractability, and their costs, demands that the world focus more attention on preventive diplomacy. Mediation is a key component of preventive diplomacy. This article analyzes data on international conflict management from 1945 to 1990, and examines the factors that contributed to the success or failure of mediation.