Contemporary Conflict Resolution

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Polity, Apr 11, 2011 - Political Science - 507 pages
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Since the end of the Cold War, conflict prevention and resolution, peacekeeping and peacebuilding have risen to the top of the international agenda. The third edition of this hugely popular text explains the key concepts, charts the development of the field, evaluates successes and failures, and assesses the main current challenges and debates in the second decade of the twenty-first century. Existing material has been thoroughly updated and four new chapters added, on environmental conflict resolution, conflict resolution in the arts and popular culture, conflict resolution in the media and the communications revolution, and theories and critiques of the field. The authors argue that a new form of cosmopolitan conflict resolution is emerging, which offers a hopeful means for human societies to handle their conflicts non-violently and eventually to transcend and celebrate their differences.

Part I offers a comprehensive survey of the theory and practice of conflict resolution. Part II sets the field within the context of rapid global change and addresses the controversies that have surrounded conflict resolution as it has entered the mainstream. Contemporary Conflict Resolution is essential reading for students of peace and security studies, conflict management and international politics, as well as for those working in non-governmental organizations and think-tanks.
 

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This book is excellently practical. It seems to defind conflict from all fronts.

Contents

Concepts and Definitions
3
Origins Foundations and Development of the Field
35
CHAPTER 3The Statistics of Deadly Quarrels and the Measurement of Peace
63
CHAPTER 4 Understanding Contemporary Conflict
94
CHAPTER 5 Preventing Violent Conflict
123
Peacekeeping
147
Peacemaking
171
CHAPTER 8 Postwar Reconstruction
198
CHAPTER 13 Gender and Conflict Resolution
305
CHAPTER 14 Conflict Resolution and the Ethics of Intervention
317
CHAPTER 15 Culture Religion and Conflict Resolution
332
CHAPTER 16 Conflict Resolution in Art and Popular Culture
347
CHAPTER 17 Conflict Resolution the Media and the Communications Revolution
359
Dialogue Discourse and Radical Disagreement
374
Theories and Critiques
396
CHAPTER 20 Conflict Resolution and the Future
414

CHAPTER 9 Peacebuilding
226
CHAPTER 10 Reconciliation
246
Part II Cosmopolitan Conflict Resolution
263
CHAPTER 11 Towards Cosmopolitan Conflict Resolution
265
CHAPTER 12 Environmental Conflict Resolution
293
Notes
427
References
436
Index
487
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Oliver Ramsbotham is Emeritus Professor of Conflict Resolution at the University of Bradford, Tom Woodhouse is Adam Curle Professor of Conflict Resolution at the University of Bradford and Hugh Miall is Professor of International Relations at the University of Kent at Canterbury.

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