Ethnic Conflict

Ethnic Conflict : A Global Perspective

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Why is it that Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland have been in perpetual conflict for thirty years when they can live and prosper together elsewhere? Why was there a bloody civil war in Bosnia and Herzegovina when Croats, Serbs, and Muslims had lived peacefully side-by-side for decades? Why did nobody see and act upon the early warning signs of genocide in Rwanda that eventually killed close to a million people in a matter of weeks? What is it that makes Kashmir potentially worth a nuclear war between India and Pakistan? In recent years hardly a day has gone by when ethnic conflict in some part of the world has not made headline news. The violence involved in these conflicts continues to destabilize entire regions, hamper social and economic development, and cause unimaginable human suffering. And the extensive media coverage of these conflicts all too often raises important questions that it signally fails to answer. This book aims to fill this gap.
Drawing on the author's long experience of studying such conflicts around the world and his involvment in attempts to resolve them, it provides an illuminating and accessible introduction to the origins, dynamics, and management of ethnic conflict. In doing so, it helps explain the fundamental question underlying all these conflicts: why do nationalism and ethnicity still have such terrible power to turn neighbour against neighbour?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 266 pages
  • 127 x 195.58 x 20.32mm | 226.8g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • numerous halftones and maps
  • 0192805886
  • 9780192805881
  • 680,971

Table of contents

Introduction: Ethnopolitics: Conflict versus Cooperation ; 1. The Human Dimension: Facts, Figures, and Stories of Ethnic Conflict ; 2. Ethnicity and Nationalism ; 3. What Causes Ethnic Conflicts? ; 4. Who Fights in Ethnic Conflicts and How? ; 5. Managing and Settling Ethnic Conflicts ; 6. Post-conflict Reconstruction ; 7. The Future of Ethnic Conflict: Possibilities and Probabilities
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Very useful... an extensive and insightful review of ethnic conflicts around the world. * Dennis Ross, Washington Institute for Near East Policy * A masterpiece of synthesis, a fine tour of the field... informed, lucid, and accessible. * Donald Horowitz, Duke Professor of Law and Political Science, Duke University * Clear, intelligent, full of relevant case studies. An excellent, accessible overview. * Gareth Evans, Chairman of the International Crisis Group and former Foreign Minister of Australia * An important book for our times. * Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute * Understanding ethnic conflict will be among our most important tasks in coming years. Stefan Wolff is a renowned expert, and in this insightful book of case studies and analysis he shows what works in resolving conflicts and how these lessons can be applied. This is an important book for our times. * Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute * Review from previous edition Most interesting and stimulating reading. * Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum *
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About Stefan Wolff

Stefan Wolff is Professor of Political Science at the University of Nottingham, Visiting Professorial Lecturer at SAIS Bologna Center, and Senior Non-resident Research Associate at the European Centre for Minority Issues in Flensburg, Germany. He has published extensively on ethnic conflict and conflict resolution and is editor of the journal Ethnopolitics and co-chair of the Standing Group on Security Issues of the European Consortium for Political Research.
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