Conflict Management and African Politics: Ripeness, Bargaining, and Mediation

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Overview

This edited volume builds on a core set of concepts developed by I. William Zartman to offer new insights into conflict management and African politics. Key concepts such as ripe moments, hurting stalemates, and collapsed states, are built upon in order to show how conflict resolution theory may be applied to contemporary challenges, particularly in Africa. The contributors explore means of pre-empting negotiations over bribery, improving outcomes in environmental negotiations, boosting the capacity of mediators to end violent conflicts, and finding equitable negotiated outcomes. Other issues dealt with in the book include the negotiation of relations with Europe, the role of culture in African conflict resolution, the means to enhance security in unstable regional environments, and the strategic role of the United States in mediating African conflicts.

This book will be of much interest to students of international conflict management, peace/conflict studies, African politics and IR in general.

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Meet the Author

Terrence Lyons is an Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and co-director of the Center for Global Studies, George Mason University.

Gilbert M. Khadiagala is Jan Smuts Professor of International Relations and Head of the Department of International Relations, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Table of Contents

1. Conflict Management and African Politics: Framing the Links Terrence Lyons and Gilbert M. Khadiagala Part 1: New Research on Negotiation Theory 2. Putting The Practical Negotiator to the Test: Two Examinations of the Formula-Details Proposition Pamela Chasek and Lynn Wagner 3. Perverse Negotiations: Bribery, Bargaining, and Ripeness Bertram I. Spector 4. Ripeness Revisited: The Perils of Muscular Mediation Alan Kuperman Part 2: The International Relations of Africa 5. The Evolution of Euro-African Relations Gilbert M. Khadiagala 6. Post-Cold War Conflict in West Africa: A Subordinate State System in Collapse? Terrence Lyons Part 3: Conflict and Conflict Resolution in Africa 7. Conditions for Mediation Success: Evaluating U.S. Initiatives in Sudan and Liberia Donald Rothchild 8. The Zimbabwe Independence Settlement Revisited: Race, Land, Class, and Ripe Moments Fadzai Gwarazimba 9. African Conflict ‘Medicine’: An Emerging Paradigm Shift in African Conflict Resolution? Ben Fred-Mensah

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