Mediation in Peacekeeping Missions

34 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2002

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James A. Wall

University of Missouri at Columbia

Daniel Druckman

George Mason University - Department of Public & International Affairs

Abstract

This study investigates mediation in peacekeeping missions and the role of three factors - dispute severity, time pressure and the peacekeeper's rank - in that process. An initial set of interviews indicated that peacekeepers mediate a wide range of both severe and non-severe disputes with a variety of techniques. A second round of interviews suggested which techniques were viable for the peacekeepers' utilization. Information from the interviews combined with propositions from image theory suggested a set of hypotheses concerning the effects of dispute severity, time pressure and peacekeeper's rank. An experimental test of these hypotheses revealed that dispute severity had a strong effect upon the peacekeeper's choice of techniques. Time pressure did not influence technique selection; nor did it interact with dispute severity. And rank had a moderate effect on technique choice. Following a reporting of these results, we discuss the value of using information from peacekeepers to develop and refine theories of mediation.

Keywords: Mediation, peacekeeping

Suggested Citation

Wall, James A. and Druckman, Daniel, Mediation in Peacekeeping Missions. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=305199 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.305199

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