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Lessons Learned from Norway’s Mediation of the Sri Lankan Civil War

In looking at the case the Sri Lankan civil war case, as a whole is a great case study for understanding the socio and political build-up of a conflict, the breakdown of commitments due to underlying interests, and the challenges of third party mediation. In this brief essay, it will cover the key causes leading up to the conflict, the build-up/stages of the conflict, and lastly the attempts of mediation in order to further prevent all of the actors involved going any further down the rabbit hole. The Root Causes of the Civil War At the core of the Sri Lankan civil lies the issue of ethnic politics, which in one shape or another lead to the creation of offshoot issues. Delving into the issue of ethnic politics, the issues that come...

Lessons Learned from Mediating the Camp David Accords

Understanding the context prior to the talks, in its initial phases, and its evolution are key to understanding and bridging the gap between theories of mediation and its implementation in practice due to the talk’s evolving nature. It is the evolving nature of the Camp David Accords, which is of interest due to the fact that it first starts off, from the standpoint of mediation, following in line with the classical framework of mediation (the usage of low amounts of coercion), and then said framework has to readjust due to the breakdown in the process of ownership between Egypt and Israel. Additionally, it is this break down in owning the process that leads the US to break away from the classical framework of being a passive mediator that led them...

Conflict Coverage and The Al Jazeera Arabic News Mediology: Shaping Cultural Identity in the Middle East

The following is a one paragraph excerpt. For the full article, click here Conflict in a postmodern paradigm isn’t simply about sophisticated warfare, complicated sting operations and precision weaponry. Just as postmodernists Foucualt, Derrida , Debord and Rorty challenge the adaptability of theoretical constructs surrounding media production and consumption, parties to a conflict must “deconstructively” adapt at every moment to the speed at which information alters the landscape of battle grounds the world over. Conflict (and Conflict Resolution) depends increasingly on media perceptions and the informational value systems that form “cultural identity” – the diverse aggregates of ethnic, religious, racial, historic, geographical and socio-economic norms within society....

US Drones in Pakistan: The Information Problem

The following is a one paragraph excerpt from the Spring 2013 issue of Democracy and Society. For the full article starting on page 17, click here Perhaps the most controversial foreign policy legacy of the Obama administration will be its use of the “Unmanned Aerial Vehicle” (UAV), or “drone”. No single 21st century war tool challenges more our contemporary notions of ethical warfare, the preponderance of military and cultural hegemony, standards of international law, humanitarian codes of engagement, and the quest for transparency in the information age. Modern warfare is far more complicated in a globalizing world paradigm, where perceptions are influenced by the availability of multiple perspectives and several channels of mass communication during conflict. It is in this environment that the efficacy of drones as a means for eliminating...