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Title: Non-Governmental organizations in the mediation of violent intra-state conflict: the confrontation between theory and practice in the Mozambican peace process
Authors: Branco, Carlos
Keywords: Non-Governmental Organizations
conflict mediation
mediation strategies
Mozambican conflict
Community of San’tEgidio
Track One and a Half Diplomacy
Track One Diplomacy
Track Two Diplomacy
untreatable conflicts
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: OBSERVARE.Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa
Citation: Branco, Carlos (2011). "Non-Governmental Organizations in the mediation of violent intra-state conflict: the confrontation between theory and practive in the mozambican peace process”. JANUS.NET e-journal of International Relations, Vol. 2, n.º 2 (Outono 2011), pp. 77-95. Accessed [online] on date of last view,
Abstract: This essay discusses the role of NGOs in the mediation of violent intra-state conflicts. Based on the analysis of the Mozambican peace process, we tried to understand if informal actors and NGOs in particular would be best suited to mediate this type of conflict, as advocated by some. Against this current of thought, the author argues that official diplomacy still remains the most appropriate tool to lead the mediation of violent intra-state conflicts. In cases where multiple resources are used (multi-track), as was the case in Mozambique, formal actors and states, in particular, continued to play a decisive and unavoidable role because they had the resources that were not available to informal players. Informal diplomacy can complement formal diplomacy, but cannot replace it, and will always play a secondary and supporting role.
Peer Reviewed: yes
ISSN: 1647-7251
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OBSERVARE - JANUS.NET e-journal of International Relations. Vol. 2, n. 2 (Autumn 2011)

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