Fear of rejection: The puzzle of unaccepted mediation offers in international conflict

Molly M. Melin, Scott Sigmund Gartner, Jacob Bercovitch

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Abstract

How do factors that influence mediation offers affect belligerent behavior? The circumstances that attract potential mediators are not the same as those that make mediation desirable to belligerents. Third parties offer mediation when the conflict is intense, generation of an agreement is likely and they have ties to the conflict. However, mediation is less acceptable to belligerents in these circumstances. This dynamic creates a dilemma; the characteristics that make third parties more forthcoming with mediation offers simultaneously make disputants more likely to reject mediation proposals. A better understanding of this strategic process can help scholars and policy-makers better determine how to supply mediation where it is needed most.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)354-368
Number of pages15
JournalConflict Management and Peace Science
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Political Science and International Relations

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