This thesis examines Qatar's mediation efforts in the Lebanese crisis of 2008 and how it succeeded in resolving the conflict. It explores the possibility of the emergence of a cross-cultural mediation model that may have relevant application to other Muslim countries. The study was informed by the wealth of Western and Islamic approaches to diplomacy. Qatar's mediation in the Lebanese conflict of 2008 demonstrated the use of tactics from both traditions.

The research found that both Islamic and western mediation models are compatible in important respects. The study suggests that building on the strengths of each approach leads to successful outcomes.

Qatar's mediation efforts in the Lebanese conflict employed largely western approaches in combination with Islamic principles and values. The experience has been identified as a new cross-cultural mediation model thvat may have a wider application in the region.


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