240 pages | 3 B/W Illus.
This book presents a conceptual and empirical analysis of the UN-led multiparty mediation in the Tajikistan conflict.
Multiparty mediation has been a significant research topic of international conflict management since the 1990s, but in-depth case studies on the peacemaking dynamics of violent conflicts are rare, particularly in regard to third-party roles. This volume addresses that gap in the literature by examining the multiparty mediation of the Tajikistan conflict, a largely forgotten but notably successful case of UN-orchestrated peacemaking in the post-Cold War era. It argues that several interrelated factors contributed to the ‘success’ of the Tajik multiparty mediation: Russia, Iran and other major interveners shared a common interest, and reached a broad consensus on the terms of settlement; the UN was widely accepted as a lead coordinator by other mediators, and succeeded in constructively engaging with them; as a consequence, there arose positive interconnections between different third-party roles. The book presents an analytical framework for understanding the complex interplay of these factors not only to evaluate the Tajik case but also to help clarify policy implications for multiparty mediation in other cases of violent conflict, particularly civil wars.
This book will be of much interest to students of conflict resolution, civil wars, international mediation, the UN, Central Asian politics and IR.
2. The Tajikistan Conflict and Early Peacemaking Efforts
3. The Inter-Tajik Negotiations and Multiparty Mediation
4. Mediators’ Interests, Consensus and Cooperation
5. Coordination in Multiparty Mediation
6. Complementarity and Interconnectedness among Intermediary Roles
This series will publish the best work in the field of security studies and conflict management. In particular, it will promote leading-edge work that straddles the divides between conflict management and security studies, between academics and practitioners, and between disciplines.