Does a ‘Goldilocks Principle’ for International Peacemaking Exist?

Syrian refugees prepare to cross into Syria from Arsal, Lebanon, June 28, 2018 (AP photo by Bilal Hussein).
Syrian refugees prepare to cross into Syria from Arsal, Lebanon, June 28, 2018 (AP photo by Bilal Hussein).

What should international peacemakers read this summer? There are lots of new studies of conflict out there, but I would start with the classic folk story, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” Most readers will be familiar with the tale, in which the young girl Goldilocks stumbles into a bear’s house while the bears are out and finds three bowls of porridge on the breakfast table. One is too hot, and another too cold. But the third is “just right,” so she eats it. This leaves the bears quite miffed upon their return. Academics often refer to a “Goldilocks Principle” to […]

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