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Mediation in the Yugoslav Wars

The Critical Years, 1990–95

  • Authors
  • Saadia Touval

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Saadia Touval
    Pages 1-14
  3. Saadia Touval
    Pages 15-38
  4. Saadia Touval
    Pages 39-47
  5. Saadia Touval
    Pages 49-60
  6. Saadia Touval
    Pages 61-86
  7. Saadia Touval
    Pages 87-102
  8. Saadia Touval
    Pages 103-133
  9. Saadia Touval
    Pages 171-184
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 185-211

About this book

Introduction

Has any good come out of the efforts to mediate the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia? The short answer is, 'Yes, but...' Mediation has brought about agreements that halted the fighting in Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia. Yet, the negotiations took too long, and their achievements came too late. Between 1991 and 1995 some two hundred thousand people lost their lives, and close to two million were uprooted from their homes. Saadia Touval examines why the efforts to reach a negotiated solution have not been more effective. He calls attention to two lessons: that collective mediation faces much greater obstacles than mediation by individual states, and that a mediator's priority should be saving lives, rather than aiming at other objectives, or even pursuing justice.

Keywords

attention conflict conflicts media mediation Slovenia state war

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