Mediation and Peace ∗

  title={Mediation and Peace ∗},
  author={Johannes H{\"o}rner and Massimo Morelli},
This paper brings mechanism design to the study of conflict resolution in international relations. We determine when and how unmediated communication and mediation reduce the ex ante probability of conflict, in a simple game where conflict is due to asymmetric information. Unmediated communication helps reducing the chance of conflict as it allows conflicting parties to reveal their types and establish type-dependent transfers to avoid conflict. Mediation improves upon unmediated communication… CONTINUE READING
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