What is it about?

This paper looks at how third-party mediation of peace processes solves the credible commitment problem between the parties and how crucial this is to ensure that the resulting peace agreement is durable. It uses the mediation of the Mindanao conflict from the 1970s to 2014 to illustrate how effective mediation enables the parties to agree to negotiate, takes advantage of the mediator's leverage, and guarantees enforcement and monitoring.

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Why is it important?

As civil wars have been rife in the world for some time now, understanding how third-party mediators can come in and effectively mediate a peace agreement could end many of the world's conflicts.

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This page is a summary of: The Credible Commitment Problem in the Third-Party Mediation of the Mindanao Peace Process, 1975–2014, Philippine Political Science Journal, December 2021, Brill,
DOI: 10.1163/2165025x-bja10025.
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