OJPCR: The Online Journal of
Peace and Conflict Resolution is a resource for students, teachers and
practitioners in fields relating to the reduction and elimination of
destructive conflict. It is a free, yet valuable, source of information to aid
anyone trying to work toward a less violent and more cooperative
Peacekeeping to Peacebuilding
Violence to Peace: Terrorism and Human Rights in Sri Lanka
Empowerment as the Missing Ingredient for a Resolution of the Israel/Palestine
Creating a More Peaceful Classroom Community by Assessing Student
Participation and Process
Democracy (Not Practice It): Explanations of Dyadic Democratic Intervention
the Colombia Peace Process Fail?
Reconciliation: The Road Not Taken in Namibia
Crisis Response Initiative: Its Workability as a Framework for Conflict
Prevention and Resolution
Culture, Gender, Power and Conflict in Melanie Thernstrom's
Halfway Heaven: Diary of a Harvard Murder
Perpetual Peace: A New Look at this Centuries-Old Quest
of Bloody Sunday
Jewish Group: Highlighting the Culture Problem in Nation-States
How Can I
Teach Peace When the Book Only Covers War?
Cooperation in Pluralistic Societies: An Analytic Mathematical
Publications of Interest
Conflict Resolution |
Ethnic Conflict | History | International Relations/Diplomacy |
Reconciliation | General
|Keeping the Peace: Lasting
Solutions to Ethnic Conflicts
By Daniel L. Byman. 2002.
Johns Hopkins University Press. 280 pp with index. Paperback $23.95
There is no shortage of books on ethnic conflict, but the vast majority of
those that provide guidance in the reduction and elimination of ethnic
conflicts are focused on the efforts of third parties. Daniel Byman takes a
different approach. In addition to mapping a theory of ethnic conflicts, he
describes governmental policies that can help limit ethic conflict within
countries. Third party intervention is considered in only one chapter, and
Byman's confidence in it is low.
Byman proposes five useful strategies for
managing ethnic tensions, coercion, cooption, changing group identities,
power-sharing systems, and partitioning states. Byman sees a need for coercive
policies in order to allow for the creation of cooperation. While none of these
is likely to be successful alone, a government must carefully craft a policy
that incorporates all of these in order to avoid hostilities.
The Symbolic Politics of Ethnic War
By Stuart J. Kaufman. 2001.
York, Cornell University Press. 262 pp with index.
This book has
already been adopted for a number of classes in conflict and conflict
resolution, so suffice it to say that Kaufman's analysis of symbolic politics
in the strong answer to those who argue ethnic conflict is the result of
"ancient hatreds." Through the cases of Caucasus, Georgia, Moldova, and
Yugoslavia, Kaufman illustrates his contention that ethnic conflicts are driven
by actors acting through symbolic choice, instead of rational choice. In
addition to this contribution to conflict theory, this book also examines the
implications of a symbolic approach for conflict resolution.
|Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict:
Edited by Michael E. Brown, Owen R. Coté, Jr,
Sean M. Lynn-Jones, and Steben E. Miller. 2001.
Cambridge, Mass., MIT Press.
491 pp including index. Paperback $27.95.
Nationalism and Ethnic
Conflict is a collection of articles from the journal International
Security. Although this single-journal focus could limit the variety and scope
of many anthologies, this book covers a broad range of issues related to ethnic
conflict from a variety of perspectives. The book is divided into sections
examining theoretical issues, options for resolution or mitigation of these
conflicts, and the obstacles such efforts will face.
Within: Peoples and States in Conflict
By Robin M. Williams. 2003.
Ithaca, Cornell University Press. 336 pages. Cloth, $37.50
Within is the summation of over 50 years of Robin William's work on the
sociology of conflict. It provided a step-by-step description of the process by
which simple group behaviors become grievances, then mobilization, then
violence. Williams is convinced that under the superficial complexity of ethnic
conflict lies a common system that can be understood. Based on this
understanding, he makes a number of suggestions for conflict resolution. There
is little new in the chapter describing specific actions - arms control,
preventative diplomacy, power sharing - but in the chapter that follows,
Williams works through the more general application of his approach for a
conflict resolution effort, is an excellent example of the melding of conflict
theory and conflict resolution.