Civil Wars, Civil Peace

Civil Wars, Civil Peace : An Introduction to Conflict Resolution

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In recent years the terms 'genocide' and 'ethnic cleansing' have not only re-entered the common vocabulary, but seem now to be tolerated and accepted as the inevitable consequences of the wars and conflicts that, as much as ever before, plague the world's landscape. But as yet there is no globally accepted structure through which conflict can be tackled. How should we as individuals, as nations and as an international community respond to conflict? *BR**BR*Civil Wars, Civil Peace offers a radical new approach to conflict prevention, resolution and diplomacy. Designed for undergraduate students as well as for practitioners and peace negotiators, the book provides an overview of conflict in the post-Cold War world, covering key topics such as identifying and assessing early warnings of conflict, and the need to take early action; information gathering and analysis; and the need for preventive diplomacy. In particular, the role of non-governmental organisations and other third-party mediators in conflict resolution is considered.*BR*
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Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 18.54mm | 362.87g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 074531242X
  • 9780745312422

Table of contents

PREFACE

1. BEYOND THE COLD WAR

FROM WORLD ORDER TO DISORDER

POST-COLONIALISM AND BEYOND

THE RESURGENCE OF RELIGION

POVERTY, EXPECTATIONS AND STRUCTURAL ADJUSTMENT

DIFFUSION OF SMALL ARMS AND PROLIFERATION OF WEAPONS

THE HUMANITARIAN CRISIS AND THE COST OF WAR

A STEP INTO THE PAST: THE UNITED NATIONS AND THE PREVENTION OF WAR

BOUTROS BOUTROS- GHALI'S 'AGENDA FOR PEACE'

THE U N'S RENEWED ATTEMPTS

'WE THE PEOPLE...'

2. CHARACTERISTICS OF INTERNAL CONFLICTS

WHEN DOES A CONFLICT TURN INTO A WAR?

FROM SOCIAL GRIEVANCES TO ARMED CONFLICT

ASYMMETRICAL POWER RELATIONS; A TYPOLOGY OF CONFLICT

THE CHANGING NATURE OF CONTEMPORARY WARFARE

THE INTRACTABLE NATURE OF INTERNAL CONFLICTS

3. FROM EARLY WARNING TO EARLY ACTION

THE CONTINUUM OF CONFLICT (3)

FROM CIVIL PEACE TO CIVIL WAR

SOUNDING THE ALARM - DEVISING A SYSTEM FOR EARLY WARNING

INFORMATION GATHERING INFORMATION ANALYSIS

RESPONDING APPROPRIATELY

FAILURES - LESSONS LEARNT FROM EARLY WARNING SYSTEMS (20)

GENERATING EARLY ACTION TAKING ACTION A RANGE OF OPTIONS

4. THE DIPLOMACY CONTINUUM

TRADITIONAL DIPLOMACY THROUGH THE AGES

COLLECTIVE SECURITY - GENERAL ASSEMBLIES AND PRINCELY LEAGUES

THE BIRTH OF MODERN `OPEN' DIPLOMACY

THE UNITED NATIONS

LIMITATIONS OF THE UNITED NATIONS

PITCHED INTO A NEW ERA - THE U N'S RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

THE ICRC AND INTERNAL CONFLICT

WHAT ALTERNATIVES EXIST? NON-STATE PEACEMAKERS

BURDEN SHARING

MAPPING A CONFLICT - THIRD PARTY INTERVENTION

COMPLEMENTARY INITIATIVES THROUGH CONFLICT PHASES

EVALUATIONS AND EFFECTIVENESS

5. TRANSFORMING CONFLICT - BUILDING PEACE

TRANSFORMING VIOLENT CONFLICT

FORMS OF VIOLENCE

WHEN THE CAMERAS STOP AND THE RED CARPET IS ROLLED UP

LESSENING THE RISKS OF DIRECT VIOLENCE

TACKLING STRUCTURAL ISSUES

BUILDING CIVIL SOCIETY

CONCLUSION

NOTES AND REFERENCES

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX
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Review quote

'Destined to become a classic' -- Yehudi Menuhin 'A detailed examination of the nature and characteristics of current contemporary warfare and suggests radical and original approaches towards prevention and resolution' -- Oxfam's Review of Journals 'Invaluable for undergraduates seeking to understand the mysteries of conflict resolution. It should be required reading for everyone involved in conflict and its resolution, from NATO officials to Slobodan Milosevic' -- Journal of Refugee Studies
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About Kumar Rupesinghe

Kumar Rupesinghe is Secretary General of the London-based International Alert, the leading non-governmental organisation working in the area of conflict resolution. IA's primary purpose is to seek and propose constitutional provisions in areas of international conflict, to alert international opinion in areas of potential conflict, mass killings and genocide, to promote human rights, to provide dialogue with a view to ending ethnic conflict and to provide mediation where necessary. Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini is an author and a consultant to the United Nations on the subject of women and conflict. In 2013 she was the gender adviser to the UN Department of Political Affairs' Standby Team of Mediation Experts.
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