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Feb

08

Monday

Small-state Mediation in International Conflicts: Diplomacy and Negotiation in Israel-Palestine - Book Launch

5.30pm

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Location: DLG03, Rhind Building

CIPS (Centre of International Policy Studies) in the Department of International Politics, are pleased to host the book launch. There will be a presentation by Jacob Eriksson, followed by Q&A session

Dr Eriksson is a lecturer in Post-war Recovery Studies in the Post- war Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU) at the University of York. He holds BA and MA degrees from the War Studies Department at King’s College London, and a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

Eriksson argues that mediation by small states such as Sweden and Norway has proved an indispensable tool of conflict resolution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Although they lack coercive power, the talks they sponsored have transformed both the conflict and the conceptions of a solution to it. 

While there are important lessons to learn from their engagement, small states alone are unlikely to hold the key to a resolution. Any conflict-ending agreement is going to require multi-party mediation which includes the diplomatic and financial power of the USA and other regional actors. Ultimately, however, only the parties themselves can make the concessions required for a permanent solution, and a highly intrusive mediation strategy is not necessarily best placed to achieve this. If peace is to last, a deal cannot be coerced but must be based on shared understandings of long-term interests.

For further details, email: CIPS@city.ac.uk

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5.30pm - 7.00pmMonday 8th February 2016

DLG03 Rhind Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1R 0JD United Kingdom

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