DRUCKFRISCH Book Discussion

Leipzig Research Centre Global Dynamics (ReCentGlobe)

Every two months, scholars present a new book from their research. Druckfrisch is an event series organised by ReCentGlobe and the European Network in Universal and Global History (ENIUGH).

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DRUCKFRISCH with Pierre Hazan: "Negotiating with the Devil: Inside the World of Armed Conflict Mediation"
May 6 2024
DRUCKFRISCH with Pierre Hazan: "Negotiating with the Devil: Inside the World of Armed Conflict Mediation"
At the next edition of Druckfrisch Book Discussion, Pierre Hazan (Geneva) will present his new book “Negotiating with the Devil: Inside the World of Armed Conflict Mediation”. Comment by: Steffi Marung (Leipzig) Moderation: Gilad Ben-Nun (Leipzig) Organized in cooperation with the Global and European Studies Institute. After many years in the little-known world of back-channel mediation, helping sworn adversaries to prevent, manage or resolve conflict, Pierre Hazan felt compelled to re-examine the acute practical and ethical dilemmas that affected his work in Bosnia, Ukraine, the Sahel and the Central African Republic. What is the mediator’s responsibility when two belligerents conclude a peace agreement to the detriment of a third? Should mediators never be party to ‘ethnic cleansing’, even if it saves lives? Is a fragile peace worth sacrificing justice for—or will that sacrifice fuel another cycle of violence? In an increasingly dystopian world, Negotiating with the Devil offers both practical guidelines and a moral compass for mediators whose field of action has transformed dramatically. We have gone from soft to hard power; from ‘peace dividends’ to war in Europe; from the end of one Cold War to a new East–West confrontation in Ukraine; from Pax Americana to a multipolar world; from the dream of an all-powerful UN to the organisation’s marginalisation. Against this tapestry, Hazan sheds light on the complex work of those steering peace negotiations, blending vivid first-hand observation with sharp insights into the psychology of compromise as a first step towards peace.