Keeping the Peace: Lasting Solutions to Ethnic Conflicts

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JHU Press, Jan 30, 2002 - History - 280 pages
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What strategies can a government use to end violent ethnic conflicts in the long term? Under what conditions do these strategies work best, and what are their limitations? Are there some ethnic conflicts that governments simply cannot solve? Drawing on an intimate knowledge of the Middle East as well as the experiences of trouble spots in Asia, Africa, and Europe, political scientist and RAND analyst Daniel Byman examines how government policies can affect—and, in some cases, prevent—the recurrence of violent ethnic conflict.

Byman identifies and describes five key strategies: coercing groups and leaders, coopting key elites, changing group identities, implementing power sharing systems, and partitioning states. After weighing the strengths and weaknesses of each of these internal solutions, he also considers the benefits and risks of outside intervention. But Byman's prescription is tempered with realism. "Even under the best circumstances," he concludes, "no single strategy is sufficient to keep the peace after a bloody ethnic war. Only the optimal combination of multiple strategies, implemented in the proper sequence, will ensure success."

  

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Contents

Ethnic Conflict in Todays World
1
Causes of Ethnic Conflict
13
Control Policies
44
Cooptation
81
Manipulating Ethnic Identities
100
Participatory Systems
125
The Promise and Perils of Partition
154
Military Intervention in Ethnic Conflict
177
Dilemmas and Choices
213
NOTES
227
BIBLIOGRAPHY
253
INDEX
269
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About the author (2002)

Daniel L. Byman is a policy analyst with the RAND Corporation and the research director of RAND's Center for Middle East Public Policy. He is the co-author of The Dynamics of Coercive Force: American Foreign Policy and the Limits of Military Might.