ISBN-10:
0674046455
ISBN-13:
9780674046450
Pub. Date:
04/10/2010
Publisher:
Harvard
Contested Lands: Israel-Palestine, Kashmir, Bosnia, Cyprus, and Sri Lanka

Contested Lands: Israel-Palestine, Kashmir, Bosnia, Cyprus, and Sri Lanka

by Sumantra Bose
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Overview

The search for durable peace in lands torn by ethno-national conflict is among the most urgent issues of international politics. Looking closely at five flashpoints of regional crisis, Sumantra Bose asks the question upon which our global future may depend: how can peace be made, and kept, between warring groups with seemingly incompatible claims? Global in scope and implications but local in focus and method, Contested Lands critically examines the recent or current peace processes in Israel-Palestine, Kashmir, Bosnia, Cyprus, and Sri Lanka for an answer.

Israelis and Palestinians, Turkish and Greek Cypriots, Bosnia's Muslims, Serbs, and Croats, Sinhalese and Tamil Sri Lankans, and pro-independence, pro-Pakistan, and pro-India Kashmiris share homelands scarred by clashing aspirations and war. Bose explains why these lands became zones of zero-sum conflict and boldly tackles the question of how durable peace can be achieved. The cases yield important general insights about the benefits of territorial self-rule, cross-border linkages, regional cooperation, and third-party involvement, and the risks of a deliberately gradual ("incremental") strategy of peace-building.

Rich in narrative and incisive in analysis, this book takes us deep into the heartlands of conflict--Jerusalem, Kashmir's Line of Control, the divided cities of Mostar in Bosnia and Nicosia in Cyprus, Sri Lanka's Jaffna peninsula. Contested Lands illuminates how chronic confrontation can yield to compromise and coexistence in the world's most troubled regions--and what the United States can do to help.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674046450
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 04/10/2010
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Sumantra Bose is Professor of International and Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Table of Contents

List of Maps

Introduction

1. Sri Lanka

2. Cyprus

3. Bosnia

4. Kashmir

5. Israel and Palestine

Conclusion

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

What People are Saying About This

In a bold and valuable book, Sumantra Bose defines the new frontiers of peacemaking in contested lands.

Thomas Boudreau

In a bold and valuable book, Sumantra Bose defines the new frontiers of peacemaking in contested lands.

Thomas Boudreau, American University

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