Understanding Conflict Resolution draws on recent and classic research from around the world, linking the theory of conflict resolution to in-depth case studies throughout, and posing key questions regarding the future of conflict resolution.
The first part reviews the development of conflict resolution since the Cold War and demonstrates the various approaches to conflict analysis. The core of the book explores the settlement of three major types of international conflict: inter-state, internal and those arising from state formation. In the final part, regional and international approaches are examined, including developments in UN reform and the increasing importance of civil society organizations. New to this edition is the extensive consideration of peace-building, the relationship between peace and justice, disarmament, and gender-peace connections.
The Third Edition has been brought fully updated with coverage of the Obama administration, as well as events in Afghanistan following the 2009 presidential elections, and the ongoing situations in Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, Iran, and Pakistan. Attention is given to the comparison of negotiated and victory outcomes with particular reference to Sri Lanka, Gaza, and Liberia.
Understanding Conflict Resolution remains an essential text for all students, lecturers and researchers of peace and conflict resolution in international relations, global politics and political science.
New to the third edition:
- Updated content to reflect international events since 2005. This includes coverage of the Obama administration; the changing conflict in Afganistan, and trouble spots in Pakistan, Somalia, Iraq and Iran; and negotiated settlement vs victory in relation to events in Sri Lanka, Gaza etc.
- New content on peacebuilding, which includes gendered issues.