Research Handbook on Mediating International Crises
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Research Handbook on Mediating International Crises

Edited by Jonathan Wilkenfeld, Kyle Beardsley and David Quinn

Current conceptions of mediation can often fail to capture the complexity and intricacy of modern conflicts. This Research Handbook addresses this problem by presenting the leading expert opinions on international mediation, examining how international mediation practices, mechanisms and institutions should adapt to the changing characteristics of contemporary international crises.
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Chapter 8: Supply-side incentives for mediation: which actors mediate international crises and why?

Molly M. Melin and Paul Olander


What explains which crises experience third-party mediation? International mediation varies greatly from crisis to crisis, and this variation determines if mediation occurs, when it occurs, and who mediates. This chapter examines the characteristics of third-party mediators and their decision to mediate a crisis. The authors discuss mediation supply in crises, the various affiliations of mediators, and their different incentives to mediate. Finally, they present trends in mediation across international crises that help us understand when mediation occurs and why.

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