Watching the Wind: Conflict Resolution during South Africa's Transition to Democracy / Edition 1

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A compelling, inspiring account of peacemaking in action, Watching the Wind takes us to the front lines of South Africa's struggle to manage the tempestuous transition from apartheid to democracy.

When Mandela, de Klerk, and other political leaders launched the 1991 National Peace Accord in a far-reaching effort to staunch political bloodshed and promote consultation and cooperation between bitter adversaries, Susan Collin Marks was one of thousands of South Africans who committed themselves to making the peace process work where it mattered most—at the local level. Over the next three years, Marks and other leaders of the conflict resolution movement adopted and adapted a vast array of tools and techniques: they mediated, facilitated, and counseled; they created forums for open discussion and trained community leaders; they fostered community policing; and they anticipated crises and stood between demonstrators and security forces.

And, as Marks explains, “something extraordinary happened.” The international community had expected a bloodbath, but what it saw instead was a near-miraculous process of negotiation and accommodation. With passion and eloquence, the author captures the drama, the personalities, and the heroism of this grassroots peace process.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781878379993
  • Publisher: United States Institute of Peace Press (USIP Press)
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.74 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Collin Marks is executive vice president of Search for Common Ground, a nonprofit organization that promotes nonviolent, cooperative solutions to conflict. A South African by birth and a former journalist, she was senior fellow at the United States Institute of Peace in 1994-95.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
List of Acronyms
Prologue
Introduction: The Reinvention of South Africa 3
1 The Peace Accord: Peacemaking in Action 15
2 Peace Workers: Peace Is a Group Effort 37
3 Planned Intervention: Standing in the Middle 73
4 Crisis Response: Doing What Works 93
5 Training: Winning Hearts and Minds 119
6 Forums: Meeting on Common Ground 133
7 Police: From a Force to a Service 157
8 Ubuntu, the Spirit of Africa: Example for the World 181
Epilogue 191
Notes 197
Glossary 205
Index 215
Map: South Africa 21
Map: Cape Town and Environs 22
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2001

    Lessons can be learned

    Anyone hoping for peace in a troubled land can learn from the experiences of Susan Collin Marks in South Africa.

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