chapter  4
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The strong-leader model

Introduction The “strong-leader” model entails a unilateral action by one of the parties to shift the geopolitical framework of the conflict. In general this action is taken by a strong leader whose domestic political control enables him or her to take steps that have the form of concessions on the other side. The unilateral initiative might be political, diplomatic or military in nature. What is crucial is that the strong leader attempts to promote some kind of solution, or more precisely his or her favorable solution, to the conflict in the event of a stalled peace process.