Across the Lines of Conflict: Facilitating Cooperation to Build Peace

Hardcover | December 31, 2015

EditorMichael Lund, Steve Mcdonald

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Through a comparative analysis of six case studies, this volume illustrates key conflict-resolution techniques for peacebuilding. Outside parties learn how to facilitate cooperation by engaging local leaders in intensive, interactive workshops. These opposing leaders reside in small, ethnically divided countries, including Burundi, Cyprus, Estonia, Guyana, Sri Lanka, and Tajikistan, that have experienced communal conflicts in recent years. In Estonia and Guyana, peacebuilding initiatives sought to ward off violence. In Burundi and Sri Lanka, initiatives focused on ending ongoing hostilities, and in Cyprus and Tajikistan, these efforts brought peace to the country after its violence had ended.

The contributors follow a systematic assessment framework, including a common set of questions for interviewing participants to prepare comparable results from a set of diverse cases. Their findings weigh the successes and failures of this particular approach to conflict resolution and draw conclusions about the conditions under which such interactive approaches work, as well as assess the audience and the methodologies used.

This work features research conducted in conjunction with the Working Group on Preventing and Rebuilding Failed States, convened by the Wilson Center's Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity.

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Through a comparative analysis of six case studies, this volume illustrates key conflict-resolution techniques for peacebuilding. Outside parties learn how to facilitate cooperation by engaging local leaders in intensive, interactive workshops. These opposing leaders reside in small, ethnically divided countries, including Burundi, Cy...

Michael Lund is senior specialist for conflict and peacebuilding at Management Systems International Inc. and was consulting program manager for the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity at the Wilson Center. Steve McDonald is a global fellow and former director of the Africa Program at the Wilson Center.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:December 31, 2015Publisher:Woodrow Wilson Center Press / Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023170450X

ISBN - 13:9780231704502

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and TablesForeword, by Lee H. HamiltonPreface, by Steve McDonaldAcknowledgmentsPart I. Approaching the Subject1. Intrastate Conflicts and the Problem of Political Will, by Michael Lund2. Unofficial Conflict Resolution and Sustainable Peace, by Michael LundPart II. Assessing Country CasesAverting Conflict Escalation3. Estonia: Psychopolitical Dialogue Contributing to Conflict Prevention, by Susan H. Allen4. Can Dialogues Change the Course of a Small Nation? The Social Cohesion Program in Guyana, by Michael LundEnding Active Conflicts5. Tajikistan: Peace Secured, by but the State of Our Dreams?, by Anna Matveeva6. Sri Lanka: When Negotiations Fail-Talks for the Sake of Talks; War for the Sake of Peace, by Hannes Siebert with Chanya CharlesTranscending Past Conflicts7. The Harvard Study Group on Cyprus: Contributions to an Unfulfilled Peace Process, by Diana Chigas8. The Burundi Leadership Training Program, by Susanna Campbell and Peter UvinPart III. Findings and Implications9. Learning from the Case Studies: Impacts and Explanations, by Michael Lund10. Contemporary Implications: From Trust-Building to Institution-Building, by Michael LundContributorsIndex

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This is an important and path-breaking book. It offers an original framework for assessing the influence of conflict resolution in societies in conflict and six excellent case studies. At once visionary and measured, it will be of great value to students, scholars, practitioners, policymakers, and all concerned with how conflict resolution works out in practice.