Preventive Diplomacy: Stopping Wars Before They Start / Edition 2

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The suppression of war has been the primary objective of the United Nations for almost fifty years, and stopping a war before it starts is easier than ending a war already underway. History, however, has shown that military interventions and economic sanctions often do more harm than good. In Preventive Diplomacy, Nobel prize winners, top officials, and revered thinkers tackle these issues and explore the process of conflict prevention from humanitarian, economic, and political perspectives. This cross-disciplinary reader on global politics demonstrates that when new insights and methodologies on public health are applied to the handling of international disasters, the change in policy perspective is intriguing--even hopeful.
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This collection of essays features many authors well known in the international arena, including UN officials and activists from nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Editor Cahill (director, Ctr. for International Health and Cooperation) has compiled papers applying a public-health model to the analysis of conflict situations. The various contributors thus recommend proactive techniques to prevent conflict rather than the usual reactive models of intervention after a crisis. Early warning is the most widely recommended approach: leaders should be aware of tension areas with the potential to become violent. Another important approach is more serious postconflict analysis to ascertain when and whether a conflict could have been avoided. Roles are seen for the UN and its affiliated agencies, for regional security organizations, for humanitarian NGOs, and even for journalists, who may uncover emerging conflicts. These papers were originally presented at a symposium at the UN and published in 1996 by Basic Books; some have been revised for this edition. The collection would be useful as a reader or supplemental text in an advanced course; its appeal will be limited to specialists.--Marcia L. Sprules, Council on Foreign Relations Lib., New York Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
A new paradigm of conflict intervention modeled on the methodology of public health and using a medicine metaphor. The 19 contributors are an exceptionally impressive selection of international relations experts, including Boutros Boutros-Ghali, the Honorable Cyrus Vance, Lord David Owen, Edward Mortimer, and Kenneth Hackett. Their essays search for the techniques that can stop disease (conflict) before it is transmitted by making trenchant observations of the contemporary myths and realities of the world community and the roles that the media, fact finding missions, partnerships, peace-keeping activities, and "healthy" alliances might have on the future of peace diplomacy. These papers were presented to the United Nations before being compiled in the present volume. Lacks an index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415922845
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Edition description: REVISED & UPDATED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin M. Cahill is president and director of the Center for International Health and Cooperation in New York City. He also serves as director of the Tropical Disease Center at Lenox Hill Hospital and runs the joint degree program with CUNY for their International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance. He is also the author of A Framework for Survival (1999) and the forthcoming Clearing the Fields.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Old Concepts/New Approaches
Ch. 1 A Clinician's Caution: Rhetoric and Reality 3
Ch. 2 Peace and the Healing Process 17
Ch. 3 The Fundamentals of Preventive Diplomacy 29
Ch. 4 The Challenge of Humanitarianism 51
Ch. 5 Developing Preventive Journalism 67
Pt. II Particular Problems in Preventive Diplomacy
Ch. 6 Women as Partners for Peace 83
Ch. 7 Neutrality or Impartiality 101
Ch. 8 Changing Concepts of Displacement and Sovereignty 119
Ch. 9 Economic Sanctions as a Means to International Health 143
Pt. III Major Actors
Ch. 10 Creating Healthy Alliances 165
Ch. 11 The Peacekeeping Prescription 173
Ch. 12 Reflections on the Role of the UN and Its Secretary-General 189
Ch. 13 Observation, Triage, and Initial Therapy 205
Ch. 14 Establishing Trust in the Healer: Preventive Diplomacy and the Future of the United Nations 215
Pt. IV Potential Participants in Preventive Diplomacy
Ch. 15 Early-Warning Systems: From Surveillance to Assessment to Action 243
Ch. 16 Localizing Outbreaks 263
Ch. 17 International NGOs in Preventing Conflict 273
Ch. 18 Emerging Infectious Disease: Threats to Global Security 287
Conclusion 299
Notes 301
About the Authors and the CIHC 319
Index 323
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