Contemporary Conflict Resolution / Edition 2

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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 second edition of this hugely popular text charts the development of the field from its pioneers to its contemporary exponents and offers an assessment of its achievements and the challenges it faces in today's changed security environment. Existing material has been thoroughly updated and new chapters added on peacebuilding from below, reconciliation, responses to terror, gender issues, the ethics of intervention, dialogue, discourse and disagreement, culture and conflict resolution, and future directions for the field. the authors argue that a new form of cosmopolitan conflict resolution is emerging, which offers a hopeful means for human societies to transcend and celebrate their differences.

Part I offers a comprehensive survey of the theory and practice of conflict resolution. Part II enters into the controversies that have surrounded conflict resolution as it has become part of the mainstream. Contemporary Conflict Resolution is essential reading for students of peace and security studies, conflict management and international politics, as well as those working in non-government organizations or think-tanks.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Truly an indispensable guidebook for conflicts occurring in the first years of the twenty-first century.”

Christopher Mitchell, George Mason University

“If there is one obligatory book to have upon your shelf about issues of conflict - this is it. It is both useful and inspiring, and should be read by all who are interested in addressing the conflicts, the wars and the violence that are plaguing our world to-day.”

Marie Fitzduff, Brandeis University

“This is by far one of the best textbooks in the field of peace and conflict studies. Not only does it provide a comprehensive theoretical review and a broad range of empirical examples, it also charts new directions. These qualities will without doubt make it one of the main texts in use in the field at universities around the world.”

Oliver Richmond, University of St Andrews

“Since it was first published, Contemporary Conflict Resolution has become the definitive guide to the emergence of conflict resolution as a field of academic and practical enquiry. In this new edition, the authors have substantially updated and extended their analysis, both to reflect the many developments in the field but, more importantly, to embrace the radical new trends in international conflict since the 9/11 attacks. Contemporary Conflict Resolution is an essential text for students of conflict at any level, from the individual to the international, whether in universities, non-government organizations or think tanks. It should have as prominent a place in defence colleges and foreign ministries, as much as in peace research institutes.”

Paul Rogers, University of Bradford

“This is an outstanding book, building upon an excellent and very well-received first edition. It is a comprehensive textbook, but it also has a coherent and compelling overarching intellectual agenda.”

Edward Newman, United Nations University

“The second edition of the Contemporary Conflict Resolution is certainly much needed and timely considering the rapid growth in research, practice and number of academic institutions that have been created since the publication of the widely used first edition. Utilizing their rich experience of working in conflict zone areas (especially Africa and South East Asia), the authors have managed to update this edition with comprehensive and refreshing practical case studies and examples from the Middle East, South Africa and Sri Lanka, as well as post-September 11 events. The wide theoretical frameworks and models presented in this edition are essential for any student, instructor and practitioner of conflict resolution. With this revised edition, the book will continue to occupy a leading spot among the few comprehensive and classic texts in the field.”

Mohammed Abunimer, American University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745632124
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/10/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 0.94 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 7.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Oliver Ramsbotham is Professor of Conflict Resolution at the Centre for Conflict Resolution, Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford.

Tom Woodhouse is Professor of Conflict Resolution (Adam Curle Chair), Centre for Conflict Resolution, Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford.

Hugh Miall is Professor of International Relations at the University of Kent at Canterbury.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents.

List of Figures.

List of Tables.

List of Boxes.

List of Maps.



List of Abbreviations.

Part I: Contemporary Conflict Resolution.

1. Introduction to Conflict resolution: Concepts and Definitions.'.

2. Conflict Resolution: Origins, Foundations and Development of the Field.

3. Statistics of Deadly Quarrels.

4. Understanding Contemporary Conflict.

5. Preventing Violent Conflict.

6. Containing Violent Conflict: Peacekeeping.

7. Ending Violent Conflict: Peacemaking.

8. Post-War Reconstruction.

9. Peacebuilding.

10. Reconciliation.

PART II: Cosmopolitan Conflict Resolution.

11. Terror and Global Justice.

12. Gender in Conflict Resolution.

13. The Ethics of Intervention.

14. Dialogue, Discource and Disagreement.

15. Culture, Religion and Conflict Resolution.

16. Future Directions: Towards Cosmopolitan Conflict Resolution.




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