No More Killing Fields: Preventing Deadly Conflict

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2002 - Political Science - 365 pages
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David A. Hamburg doctor, teacher, hostage negotiator, presidential advisor, and more has seen a lot in his 77 years and has a message for the 21st century: An ounce of prevention is worth many pounds of cure when it comes to deadly international conflict. To explore how the model of preventive medicine may be practically applied to political violence, Hamburg created the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict. This book is the capstone of the Commission's extensive efforts and covers situations as widely ranging as World War II's Holocaust, recent terrorist attacks in the U.S., and the War in Iraq. As Hamburg details, the prevention of war is built on key pillars including democratic governance, economic development, and nonviolent problem solving in dangerous situations. International cooperation and strong leadership at every level are essential. Perhaps most important, a civil society that embraces differences rather than exploiting them is an evolving need. In No More Killing Fields, David A. Hamburg combines the best of long personal experience, multifaceted scholarship, and acute prognosis to point the way toward peace in the 21st century."
 

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Contents

Prologue
vii
Acknowledgments
xv
Growing Up in a Time of Violence Multiple Perspectives on Prevention
1
The Origins of World War II and the Holocaust Powerful Stimuli for Prevention
17
Governments and Intergovernmental Organizations Paralyzed Giants or Serious Players?
51
Institutions of Civil Society Partners for Peace
87
Preventive Diplomacy Early Help with Empathy and Problem Solving
115
Democracy and Prevention The Essence of Nonviolent Conflict Resolution
151
Preventing Catastrophic Terrorism International Cooperation Weapons of Mass Destruction and Democratic Development
251
Prognosis for Prevention Promising Developments in the First Two Years of the TwentyFirst Century
277
A Landmark Report on Fulfillment of the UNs Potential for Prevention
311
Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict Publications
321
Additional Valuable Sources of Information and Concepts Pertinent to Preventing Deadly Conflict
327
Bibliography
333
Index
349
About the Author
363

Toward Competent Decent and Prosperous States Updating Socioeconomic Development
187
International Cooperation for Prevention Emerging from the Shadows
219

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David A. Hamburg, M.D., is president emeritus of the Carnegie Corporation of New York and currently a visiting scholar in the Department of Psychiatry at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York City. He has been a professor at Stanford and Harvard, president of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has received the National Academy of Sciences' Public Welfare Medal (its highest award), and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award of the United States.

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