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Kosovo . . . The World Trade Center . . . Rwanda— we areshocked as reports of these horrific tragedies capture theheadlines on an all too regular basis. But how is it possible tointervene to end these tragic conflicts if, as many have longbelieved, that violent behavior is said to be as much a part ofhuman nature as DNA?
In this landmark book, William Ury— best-selling author anddirector of the Project on Preventing War at the Program onNegotiation at Harvard Law School— and a stellar panel ofexperts from several scientific disciplines debunk the commonlyheld notion that violence is a predictable part of the humancondition and outline an innovative paradigm for preventing violentconfrontations. Must We Fight? presents compelling newresearch and insights into human nature which clearly demonstratethat humankind is not doomed to continue the seemingly endlesscycle of violent conflict. With intelligence and sensitivity, Urydescribes a brilliant program for personal and communityempowerment called The Third Side. As he explains, in mostconflicts between two parties there is actually a third entity-thecommunity in which the combatants, and their dispute, are embedded.The Third Side is a proven model for ending conflict that shows howto mobilize communities to stop and, in some cases, preventindividual and group violence.
A practical resource for helping to resolving real life conflicts,Must We Fight? includes a simulation of an actual racialincident at a public high school. Readers are challenged to putthemselves in the place of an administrator dealing with thisincident and are presented with a series of questions and ThirdSide activities that can help them find a resolution to thiscomplex community conflict.
Contributors to this volume, including such well-known scholars asFrans de Waal, R. Brian Ferguson, Steven Wikinson, and ChrisWinship detail the factors that have enabled communities to besuccessful, to overcome obstacles, and to curtail and preventviolence through mobilization of Third Side interventions.