chapter  10
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International mediation

International conflicts are frequently the subject of third-party mediation. We do not know how common mediation was in earlier history (the earliest recorded occurrence comes from some 3,500 years ago), but it was practiced in Romeo and Juliet with catastrophic effects, and has been a frequent occurrence for at least 400 years. Although the end of the Cold War has brought about many changes in international politics, it has neither reduced the incidence of international conflicts nor the tendency of thirdparties to mediate those conflicts that they find especially troublesome.