The paper considers the nature and characteristics of peace-building as an approach to conflict. It suggests that mediation should be seen as a particularly important aspect of peace-building efforts, and one that may be used at different phases of a conflict. The paper develops a framework for analyzing the circumstances under which mediation may contribute to peace-building. The framework lays emphasis on contextual and perceptual dimensions. The paper argues that mediation, properly utilized, can achieve not just a settlement of a conflict, but facilitate, in the longer run, a full transformation of relations. Any successful program of peace-building requires some form of mediation.
Bercovitch, Jacob and Kadayifci, Ayse
"Exploring the Relevance and Contribution of Mediation to Peace-Building,"
Peace and Conflict Studies: Vol. 9
, Article 2.
Available at: https://nsuworks.nova.edu/pcs/vol9/iss2/2