From Reaction to Conflict Prevention: Opportunities for the UN System (Project of the International Peace Academy)

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Contributors in public policy, politics, international affairs, development, conflict management, and peace studies discuss the practical challenges of conflict prevention within the UN system, considering the causes and dynamics of war, tools being developed to predict the eruption of conflict, and what is being done to move from reaction to prevention of conflict. They touch on areas such as measuring the societal impact of war, a systems approach to mitigating violent conflict, and electoral assistance and democratization. Hampson teaches international affairs at Carleton University, Canada. Malone is president of the International Peace Academy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

Preface vii
1 Introduction: Making Conflict Prevention a Priority 1
Part 1 The Dynamics of War
2 Diagnosing Conflict: What Do We Know? 15
3 Containing Internal War in the Twenty-First Century 41
4 Measuring the Societal Impact of War 63
5 Horizontal Inequalities as a Source of Conflict 105
Part 2 Conflict Prevention: The State of the Art
6 Preventive Diplomacy at the United Nations and Beyond 139
7 From Lessons to Action 159
8 Planning Preventive Action: Context, Strategy, and Implementation 185
9 Reassessing Recent Conflicts: Direct vs. Structural Prevention 213
10 Deconstructing Prevention: A Systems Approach to Mitigating Violent Conflict 229
11 Prevention: Theory and Practice 251
Part 3 Comparative Advantages: Practitioner Perspectives Beyond the United Nations
12 The Role of Research and Policy Analysis 275
13 Development and Conflict: New Approaches in the United Kingdom 297
14 Addressing Conflict: Emerging Policy at the World Bank 321
15 Electoral Assistance and Democratization 357
Part 4 Conclusion
16 Preventive Action at the United Nations: From Promise to Practice? 381
Selected Bibliography 399
The Contributors 407
Index 413
About the Book 431
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