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Moral Compromise: Owen and Holbrooke Mediating the Bosnia Conflict

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To analyze moral notions in conflict dynamics, several conceptions of negotiation, moral notions in conflict perspectives, and elements of moral compromise are examined. Together, these indicators provide a framework for analyzing the moral dimensions of the mediator's role in complex negotiations. These ideas are illustrated through a discussion of the actions of two mediators in the Bosnia conflict during the 1990s. The analysis considers why these mediators were so different in their effectiveness and capacity to reach compromise. It also becomes clear when moral compromise is feasible.

Affiliations: 1: Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Amsterdam, Oudezijds Achterburgwal 237, 1012 DL Amsterdam, The Netherlands (E-mail:


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