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Overview

What strategies can a government use to end violent ethnic conflicts in the long term? Under what conditions do these strategies work best, and what are their limitations? Are there some ethnic conflicts that governments simply cannot solve? Drawing on an intimate knowledge of the Middle East as well as the experiences of trouble spots in Asia, Africa, and Europe, political scientist and RAND analyst Daniel Byman examines how government policies can affect—and, in some cases, prevent—the recurrence of violent ethnic conflict.

Byman identifies and describes five key strategies: coercing groups and leaders, coopting key elites, changing group identities, implementing power sharing systems, and partitioning states. After weighing the strengths and weaknesses of each of these internal solutions, he also considers the benefits and risks of outside intervention. But Byman's prescription is tempered with realism. "Even under the best circumstances," he concludes, "no single strategy is sufficient to keep the peace after a bloody ethnic war. Only the optimal combination of multiple strategies, implemented in the proper sequence, will ensure success."

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Perspectives on Political Science
A useful primer for the study of ethnic conflict, one whose prinicpal strength lies in its deft and succinct summarites of the main approaches to the study of ethnicity and conflict... His discussion of the distinctive features of ethnic civil wars shows a particular sensitivity to their uniqueness.

— Sumit Ganguly

Journal of Peace Research
In a survey that is dense with insights but still a remarkably effortless read, Byman discusses five approaches to ethnic conflict.

— Sven Gunnar Simonsen

Perspectives on Political Science - Sumit Ganguly

A useful primer for the study of ethnic conflict, one whose prinicpal strength lies in its deft and succinct summarites of the main approaches to the study of ethnicity and conflict... His discussion of the distinctive features of ethnic civil wars shows a particular sensitivity to their uniqueness.

Journal of Peace Research - Sven Gunnar Simonsen

In a survey that is dense with insights but still a remarkably effortless read, Byman discusses five approaches to ethnic conflict.

Booknews
Relying on the Middle East for examples, Byman (RAND Corporation's Center for Middle East Public Policy) theorizes on the causes for ethnic conflict and discusses what governments can do to stop or decrease violence. In separate chapters, he examines various strategies, including compelling peace through repression, co- optation, the promotion of national consciousness, increasing popular participation, partition, and outside intervention. For each strategy he notes downsides, coming to the conclusion that each particular case may need to have a combination of strategies applied. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801868047
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel L. Byman is a policy analyst with the RAND Corporation and the research director of RAND's Center for Middle East Public Policy. He is the co-author of The Dynamics of Coercive Force: American Foreign Policy and the Limits of Military Might.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Contents:



1 Ethnic Conflict in Today's World

2 Causes of Ethnic Conflict

3 Control Policies

4 Co-optation

5 Manipulating Ethnic Identities

6 Participatory Systems

7 The Promise and Perils of Partition

8 Military Intervention in Ethnic Conflict

9 Dilemmas and Choices



Notes

Bibliography

Index

Johns Hopkins University Press

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2003

    amazing book

    In Daniel L Byman¿s most recent work, Keeping the Peace: Lasting Solutions to Ethnic Conflicts, the reader is treated to some of the most concise and understandable analyses of ethnic conflict in the literature today. Byman is able to explain the most difficult concepts in the fields of ethnic conflict and security in terms anyone can read, avoiding the jargon and impenetrable approaches so common in the field of international politics. Byman is able to in thirty one pages explain the field better than most authors do in two hundred! The main thrust of the book is to unpack the difficult concept of ethnic conflict in order to shed light how to prevent future conflicts so Byman¿s approach is not merely a theoretical treatise without reference or application to the real world. Byman nuances the concept of ¿hegemony¿ in a way to encapsulate the subtleties of power relations and he examines those state policies used in order to suppress minority groups, and includes many of the issues long ignored by other scholars in the field.

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