Contemporary Conflict Resolution / Edition 2

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Overview

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

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"Thoroughly recommended for all conflict resolution workers whether in academe, government or other parliamentary organisations, civil service, military departments, and NGOs and their supporters. Indeed, anyone prepared to study it in any depth would be amply rewarded."
Medicine, Conflict and Survival

"There is no more definitive text. It is impressive in its clarity, comprehensiveness, and ability to incorporate a historical overview of each area as well as the latest thinking and debates."
Oliver Richmond, Director, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of St Andrews

"This new third edition confirms the stellar place of this book on the bookshelf of every scholar and practitioner in the field of conflict resolution and peacebuilding. Nowhere else will you find such a comprehensive overview of the history of the field and its current methodologies, as well as entirely new chapters dedicated to the most pertinent issues of today, including the environment, gender, religion and the media. A must read - a hugely important resource for us all."
Mari Fitzduff, Brandeis University

"Contemporary Conflict Resolution has become an institution for teachers, students and researchers of armed conflict, conflict resolution and peacebuilding. This third edition - significantly revised and expanded, with a number of entirely new chapters - provides an excellent survey of the key theories, debates and cases in this area of scholarship. The inclusion of chapters on the environment , religion, culture, the media and language demonstrates that this volume is as innovative as it is comprehensive. It manages to be both a textbook and a volume that projects coherent and sometimes provocative arguments."
Edward Newman, University of Birmingham

"This is a thorough and well-written introduction to contemporary conflict resolution, which offers a distinctive perspective based on the notion of 'cosmopolitan conflict resolution'. It will be of great interest to students of peace and conflict studies."
Adrian G. V. Hyde-Price, University of Bath

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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 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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Table of Contents

1 Introduction to conflict resolution : concepts and definitions 3
2 Conflict resolution : origins, foundations and development of the field 32
3 Statistics of deadly quarrels 55
4 Understanding contemporary conflict 78
5 Preventing violent conflict 106
6 Containing violent conflict : peacekeeping 132
7 Ending violent conflict : peacemaking 159
8 Post-war reconstruction 185
9 Peacebuilding 215
10 Reconciliation 231
11 Terror and global justice 249
12 Gender in conflict resolution 265
13 The ethics of intervention 275
14 Dialogue, discourse and disagreement 288
15 Culture, religion and conflict resolution 302
16 Future directions : towards cosmopolitan conflict resolution 316
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