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Neither side could defeat the other. As the dust settled, the notion that the conflict could not be solved by military means, and that its persistence was causing I. William Zartman 23 pain that could no longer be endured, began to take shape. The offensive codified the existence of a mutually hurting stalemate. 26 Holbrooke27 had his own image of the MHS (or the upper hand slipping and the underdog rising): ‘The best time to hit a serve is when the ball is suspended in the air, neither rising nor falling.

Resistant reactions There are intriguing problems raised by ripeness theory. One complication with the notion of a hurting stalemate arises when increased pain increases resistance rather than reducing it (it must be remembered that while ripeness is a necessary precondition for negotiation, not all ripeness leads to negotiation). Although this may be considered ‘bad’, irrational or even adolescent behaviour, it is a common 24 Contemporary Peacemaking reaction and one that may be natural and functional.

3. H. Kissinger, New York Times, 12 October 1974. 4. AFP, 17 May 1992. 5. See I. W. Zartman & M. Berman, The Practical Negotiator (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1982); I. W. Zartman, ‘The Strategy of Preventive Diplomacy in Third World Conflicts’, in A. : Westview, 1983); S. Touval & I. W. : Westview, 1985), pp. 11, 258–60, and I. W. Zartman, Ripe for Resolution (New York: Oxford University Press, 1985/1989). 6. ’ M. Burton & J. Higley, ‘Elite Settlements’, American Sociological Review, LII, 2 (1994), 295–307 at 298.

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