The Hurting Way Out: Group Cohesion and the Mitigating Potential of Private Actors in Conflict Negotiation

Originally published in December 2016 According to William Zartman the elements necessary for a ripe moment are a Way Out and a Mutually Hurting Stalemate. This paper further develops ripeness theory by taking a closer look at these two conditions of ripeness. It finds that the two necessary elements of ripeness – Way Out and … More The Hurting Way Out: Group Cohesion and the Mitigating Potential of Private Actors in Conflict Negotiation

Influencing Negotiation Willingness in the Middle East: The Potential Contributions of Private Actors

Originally published in May 2016 Specifically, we examine two pairs of efforts to resolve the conflict in Israel and Palestine: the “Road Map” and the track two Geneva Initiative of 2003, and the Olmert Peace Plan and Jimmy Carter’s visit to the Middle East in 2008. In the first pair, NGO efforts yielded unexpected results. … More Influencing Negotiation Willingness in the Middle East: The Potential Contributions of Private Actors

Engaging Armed Actors in Conflict Mediation. Consolidating Government and Non-government Approaches

Originally published in March 2016 To reduce the humanitarian consequences of conflict for civilian populations, specifically, NGOs and private actors involved in conflict mediation/resolution employ one of three general approaches: some pursue the more immediate approach of facilitating the delivery of humanitarian assistance in territory controlled by NSAGs; some promote international norms concerning the protection … More Engaging Armed Actors in Conflict Mediation. Consolidating Government and Non-government Approaches

NGOs as norm dealers: Norm-Diffusion in Conflict Management using the example of the ICRC

Originally published in October 2015 The purpose of this paper is to shed light on the dynamics and the results of the norm diffusion practices occurring between the ICRC and non-state arms carriers in environments of conflict and fragile statehood. The paper aims to conceptually describe the methods used by the ICRC and to provide an … More NGOs as norm dealers: Norm-Diffusion in Conflict Management using the example of the ICRC

The Power of Persuasion. The Role of INGOs in Engaging Armed Groups

Originally published in August 2015 The number of armed conflicts featuring extreme violence against the civilian population in areas with no or little State authority has risen significantly since the early 1990s. This phenomenon has been particularly prevalent in the African Great Lakes Region. This collection of essays evaluates, from an interdisciplinary perspective, the various … More The Power of Persuasion. The Role of INGOs in Engaging Armed Groups

The Dark Side of Recognition. Mutual Exclusiveness of Passive and Active Recognition in the Middle East Conflict

Originally published in May 2015 Proponents of the declaratory and the constitutive theory of recognition differ in their understanding of what comes first: statehood or recognition. While according to the declaratory theory, states are created because they fulfill certain criteria of statehood and hence should be recognized, according to the constitutive theory, recognition calls states … More The Dark Side of Recognition. Mutual Exclusiveness of Passive and Active Recognition in the Middle East Conflict

Is arming opposition groups really the answer?

Originally published in October 2014 We have seen the consequences of such policy in recent conflicts in the Middle East in particular. For instance, in Syria, the power vacuum left behind by the exile opposition and the protracted nature of the struggle has produced a large number of resistance groups in the country that operate … More Is arming opposition groups really the answer?