From Reaction to Conflict Prevention

From Reaction to Conflict Prevention : Opportunities for the UN System

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Though the prevention of conflict is the first promise in the Charter of the United Nations, it is a promise constantly betrayed by international organizations, governments, and local actors alike. At the same time, and in a more positive vein, recent studies provide much-needed information about why and how today's conflicts start and what sustains them. This ground-breaking book presents some of the best scholarly and policy-relevant work on the practical challenges of conflict prevention within the UN system. The authors consider the causes and dynamics of war, the tools that are being developed to predict the cruption of conflict, and what is being done - and what could be done better - in the effort to move from promise to practice.
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  • Hardback | 480 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 27.9mm | 657.72g
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • illustrated Edition
  • 1588260437
  • 9781588260437

Table of contents

Introduction: Making Conflict Prevention a Priority - F.O. Hampson, K. Wermester, and D. Malone. * THE DYNAMICS OF WAR. * Diagnosing Conflict: What Do We Know? - A-M Gardner. * Containing Internal War in the 21st Century - T.R. Gurr. * Measuring the Societal Impact of War - M.G. Marshall. * Horizontal Inequalities as a Source of Conflict - F. Stewart. * CONFLICT PREVENTION: THE STATE OF THE ART. * Preventive Diplomacy at the UN and Beyond - F.O. Hampson. * From Lessons to Action - M.S. Lund. * Planning Preventive Action J.G. Cockell. * Reassessing Cases: Direct vs. Structural Prevention - P. Wallensteen. * Deconstructing Prevention: A Systems Approach to Mitigating Violent Conflict - T.P. Dress and G. Rosenblum-Kumar. * Tackling the Root Causes of Conflict: More Bark than Bite - E.C. Luck. * COMPARATIVE ADVANTAGES: PRACTITIONER PERSPECTIVES BEYOND THE UN. * The Role of Research and Policy Analysis - M. O'Neil and N. Tschirgi. * Development and Conflict: New Approaches in the UK - M. Kapila and K. Wermester. * Addressing Conflict: Emerging Policy at the World Bank - P. Cleves, N. Colletta, and N. Sambanis. * Electoral Assistance and Democratization - B. Save-Soderbergh and I.N. Lennarisson. * CONCLUSION. * Preventive Action at the UN: From Promise to Practice? - C.L. Sriram and K.
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About David M. Malone

Fen Osler Hampson is professor of international affairs at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. Carleton University (Canada). Most recent among his many publications are Madness in the Multitude: Human Security and World Disorder and Nurturing Peace: Why Peace Settlements Succeed or Fail. David M. Malone is president of the International Peace Academy. His recent publications include Greed and Grievance: Economic Agendas in Civil Wars and Decision-making in the UN Security Council: The Case of Haiti.
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