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UNASUR in Venezuela: Mediation, Bias and Legitimacy

Pryanka Peñafiel Cevallos y Cécile Mouly (publicado en 2020-10-30 por sandra rochina )
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Peñafiel Cevallos, Pryanka y Cécile Mouly. 2019. UNASUR in Venezuela: Mediation, Bias and Legitimacy. Contexto Internacional 41(3): 579-598.
In light of the ongoing debate about the effectiveness of partial and impartial mediators, we examine how the Venezuelan government’s and the opposition’s perceptions of UNASUR and its good offices influenced its role as facilitator of dialogue between the two parties. We do so on the basis of interviews with key actors linked to the process, as well as a review of the literature and documentary sources. We find that, although there was a perception of lack of neutrality on the part of the mediators involved in the UNASUR effort to facilitate a dialogue in Venezuela, the parties themselves accepted the role of these mediators because they perceived that, through their means, they could achieve beneficial outcomes. Hence, we agree with various authors that the parties’ perception of a mediator is key.