Breaking Cycles of Violence: Conflict Prevention in Intrastate Crises
This timely book studies how to target and prioritize resources in societies at immediate risk for violent conflict. The text develops guidelines, illustrated in the cases of Burundi and Macedonia, for assessing the causes of conflict through early warning indicators, while presenting multidimensional strategies to transform them. Preventative action is seen as a means to contain conflicts and rehabilitate societies throughout the escalation, violence, and post-conflict cycle.
PART 1 CONCEPTURAL FRAMEWORK; 1) The Priority of Acting Preventively; 2) Organizing For Proactive Intervention; 3) The Early Warning Toolbox: Cues From Background Conditions; 4) Crossing Thresholds: Mechanisms of conflict Escalation; 5) Keeping Closed the Gates of War: The Peace Potential of Preventive Action; PART 2 CASE STUDIES; 6) The Shock of the Familiar: Discerning Patterns in Burundi’s Cycles of Ethnic Violence; 7) Preventing Conflict in Macedonia: A Lasting Peace or a Line in the Sand?; PART 3 POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS; 8) Inventive Diplomacy: Policy Recommendations for Early Warning and conflict Prevention
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Barnett R. Rubin
Dr. Barnett Rubin, Director, Center for Preventative Action, Council on Foreign Relations
[The authors] have captured both the complexity and the promise of the new efforts to prevent deadly conflicts. Their concept of 'inventive diplomacy' reaches beyond paper plans for institutional reform or virtuous recommendations to suggest how networks of actors actually form alliances across borders and across sectors.