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By Rami G. Khouri, Martin Wählisch, Karim Makdisi

This ebook offers reflections of famous foreign peacemakers within the center East, together with Jimmy Carter, Lakhdar Brahimi, Jan Eliasson, Alvaro de Soto, and others. It offers exact insights and classes discovered approximately international relations and foreign peace mediation perform according to genuine lifestyles experience.

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We need the coercive language of chapter seven also—you need to have muscles—but chapter six is my job, it’s my trade, it’s Christmas Eve for a Swedish diplomat. ” Isn’t that beautiful? Not even “peaceful,” but “pacific” settlement of disputes. Its core is Article 33, which I will read out to you what we should do, and what we are not doing: “[T]he parties to any dispute . . ” How much of these do we actually do? We rush into so-called military solutions. Peaceful settlement of conflicts is diplomacy.

If you organize an election, then democracy has come; you declare victory, and you leave. There again, I think that while elections are obviously very important, indeed indispensable, they will only be good if they happen in the proper context, at the appropriate time, and in the right sequence of developments that constitute a peace process. If they come too early, or at the wrong time, they may even do more harm than good. Remember the 1992 election in Angola. It was certified as free and fair by the Carter Center, the European Union, and the Organization of African Unity, but all it did was restart a civil war that went on for another ten years.

If you think that you can achieve results simply by analyzing and making rational arguments, you would be wrong. Cultural understanding is not only important to achieve results and to be successful in mediating, but, to put it very simply, you have fun because you gain a much richer experience in the environment in which you live. Visiting the church, synagogue, or mosque or inquiring about the patterns of the embroidery makes your life very interesting. I drove my budget and the Foreign Ministry crazy because when I went out on my missions, I always added four or five days to the trip: the budget man would say, “You’re crazy!

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