ABSTRACT: This study focuses on mediation as a mean of minimizing the potential violent consequences of international crises. In the first part we are discussing a few issues regarding the best way of defining crises and especially international crises. In the second part of our study we are trying to answer two questions about international crises: Are mediated crises more likely to be solved in a way that is acceptable for all conflicting parts than unmediated crises? What type of mediation is proven to be the best way out of an international crisis? The first questions is about the best way of solving such major crises. Using statistical data we will argue that mediation is a key ingredient in solving international crises and that the manipulating style of mediation is the best way that negotiators can use in a situation involving conflicts between differed countries.

KEYWORDS: mediation, international crises, conflict, negotiator, manipulation, war

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