Conflict resolution in the twenty-first century: principles, methods, and approaches
"An outstanding overview and assessment of contemporary conflict resolution; the authors never avoid the challenging questions, or critical answers."
"Conflict Resolution in the Twenty-first Century is very readable and crystallizes the breadth of conflict resolution today and the relevance of new approaches for the future."
"This concise and readable volume offers readers an impressive sample of the responses---both traditional and emerging---in the conflict resolution toolbox, crisply outlining how they relate to today's dynamic conflict environment."
"Authoritative, well written, and astoundingly broad and deep. Must-reading for all students of international and ethnopolitical conflict resolution."
"The idea that the nature and methods of conflict resolution ought to change as the kinds of conflict that dominate the world-at-large shift is very appealing."
"A comprehensive overview, based upon in depth familiarity with the research, scholarship, and practice in the field."
In the past, arbitration, direct bargaining, the use of intermediaries, and deference to international institutions were relatively successful tools for managing interstate conflict. In the face of terrorism, intrastate wars, and the multitude of other threats in the post–Cold War era, however, the conflict resolution tool kit must include preventive diplomacy, humanitarian intervention, regional task-sharing, and truth commissions. Here, Jacob Bercovitch and Richard Jackson, two internationally recognized experts, systematically examine each one of these conflict resolution tools and describe how it works and in what conflict situations it is most likely to be effective.
Conflict Resolution in the Twenty-first Century is not only an essential introduction for students and scholars, it is a must-have guide for the men and women entrusted with creating stability and security in our changing world.
Jacob Bercovitch is Professor of International Relations at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
Richard Jackson is Reader in International Politics at Aberystwyth University, United Kingdom.
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CHAPTER ONE International Conflict Environment
NewGeneration Approaches to Conflict
part one Principles and Traditional Approaches
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