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Methods and Techniques
March 1997

The methods and techniques of peacemaking--whether it is called conflict resolution, management, or transformation--have become increasingly sophisticated, partly in response to the increased complexity of international conflict today. This volume describes the tools and skills that are currently available and critically assesses their usefulness and limitations. The field's preeminent researchers and practitioners, including a diplomat and an NGO representative, present not only the more traditional approaches to peacemaking--bargaining and negotiation, third-party mediation, and arbitration and adjudication. They also present newer, "nonofficial" approaches that have attracted considerable attention for their innovativeness--social-psychological approaches, problem-solving workshops, conflict transformation, and training. Written for scholars as well as practitioners in all aspects of peacemaking and foreign policymaking, the chapters in Peacemaking in International Conflict provide cogent analyses and offer practical lessons for a variety of conflict settings, from disarmament and arms-control negotiations to subnational conflicts in the new and emerging states of the post-Cold War era.

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Simulating a Diplomatic Negotiation Between Israel and Syria
October 1992

Shortly before the Middle East peace talks began in November 1991, the United States Institute of Peace conducted a four-day simulation of what was about to unfold in the diplomatic dialogue between two enemy countries, Israel and Syria, whose representatives had never before sat together.

This volume presents a description of that exercise and its implications for peacemaking and conflict resolution in the Middle East, a discussion of simulations and their utility for diplomats and for the field of conflict resolution, and a discussion among the participants of prospects for the overall Middle East peace negotiations.

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