Politics of compromise: The Tajikistan peace process
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The sustained and vigorous peacemaking efforts of the 'international community' in Tajikistan serve as an example of applied diplomatic action. Elena Rigacci Hay analyses the methodology of the inter-Tajik negotiation process and the factors that led to the breakthrough of the 1997 General Agreement. Particularly important was the way the UN mediation team handled the interests of regional governments in the Tajik war and kept them involved in the process. Other elements addressed by the author include the selection of negotiating venues, the use of shuttle negotiations, the composition of the negotiating teams, the modalities of the talks and the drafting protocols.