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An impartial third party with the coercive power to impose terms on the disputants. An arbitrator is not biased in favor of either party and subordinates personal preferences to some set of rules or values. Nor does a pure arbitrator have a sufficient stake in the outcome to bargain with the disputants. (Michael Watkins and Susan Rosegrant, Breakthrough International Negotiations [Jossey-Bass, 2001], 94)

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