Negotiate 1-2-3: Overcoming Obstacles
In 1995 the Dayton Accords quelled much of the bloody conflict in the former Yugoslavia. Even after the agreement was signed, however, violence continued in contested regions. Serbian gunmen were shooting at cars with Bosnian-issued license plates that used the Cyrillic alphabet, as shown here.
By contrast the Serbian plates used the Latin alphabet—the same familiar letters as you see on this site. Shootings were bound to continue so long as the each group had distinctive plates. But with relationships still bitter, Bosnian officials refused to adopt the Serbian system. Likewise, the Serbs would not accept the Bosnians’ modern Latin alphabet. For a time this conflict seemed intractable. What solution would you propose if you were mediating this case?