"A volume of major importance, both in its academic significance and contribution to the field of mediation and conflict resolution studies, and in its direct policy relevance for the resolution and management of conflicts in the Arab world."—Gerd Nonneman, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
"This rich, fascinating collection systematically explores the causes of the dismal record of conflict mediation in the MENA region, with a wide range of theoretically informed and empirically rich case studies drawn from across the region."—Marc Lynch, Professor of Political Science at The George Washington University and Director of the Project on Middle East Political Science
"Researchers and practitioners of conflict resolution have needed this book for too long. The contributors—preeminent experts on mediation in the Middle East and North Africa—excel at trying to make sense of past mediation efforts that have struggled to improve the prospects of peace in the region."—Kyle Beardsley, Duke University
The Middle East and North Africa region has been plagued with civil wars, international interventions, and increasing militarization, making it one of the most war-affected areas in the world today. Despite numerous mediation processes and initiatives for conflict resolution, most have failed to transform conflicts from war to peace. Seeking to learn from these past efforts and apply new research, Fraihat and Svensson present the first comprehensive approach to mediation in the Arab world, taking on cases from Yemen to Sudan, from Qatar to Palestine, Syria, and beyond.
Conflict Mediation in the Arab World focuses on mediation at three different levels of analysis: between countries, between governments and armed actors inside single countries, and between different communities. In applying this holistic method, the editors identify similarities and differences in the conditions for conflict resolution and management.
Drawing upon the work of experts in the field with a deep understanding of the increasing complexities and changing dynamics of the region, this volume offers a valuable resource for academics, policy makers, and practitioners interested in conflict resolution and management in the Middle East and North Africa.
About the Author
Ibrahim Fraihat is associate professor in international conflict resolution at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies. He previously served as Senior Foreign Policy Fellow at the Brookings Institution and has taught international conflict resolution at Georgetown University and George Washington University. He is the author of Iran and Saudi Arabia: Taming a Chaotic Conflict.
Isak Svensson is professor at the department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden. Svensson is the author of numerous books, including International Mediation Bias and Peacemaking: Taking Sides in Civil Wars.
Series: Contemporary Issues in the Middle East
7 x 10, 448 pages, 9 black and white illustrations