From Conflict Resolution to Reconciliation by Yaacov Bar-Siman-TovFrom Conflict Resolution to Reconciliation by Yaacov Bar-Siman-Tov

From Conflict Resolution to Reconciliation

EditorYaacov Bar-Siman-Tov

Hardcover | January 12, 2004

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This volume represents an important new step forward in the fields of conflict resolution and peace studies. Its essays argue that, while conflict resolution is well equipped to bring about temporary settlements and brief periods of peace in volatile situations, conventional conflictresolution techniques are not capable of building long-term stability. Instead, the authors contend, practitioners of conflict resolution need to focus more on reconciliation (the restoration of confidence, friendship, and harmony between rivals) than on mere conflict resolution. Whereastraditional conflict resolution has focused primarily on halting quarrels with agreements between leaders on each side of a conflict, reconciliation techniques shift the focus in two ways. First, they take more of a grassroots approach, building agreement among the members of rival communities, notonly between leaders. Second, reconciliation takes a long-term view of dispute resolution. While the authors acknowledge that the role of traditional conflict resolution is important in stopping violence and tension, they argue that, in order to achieve stable peace, negotiators and practitioners ofconflict resolution must focus much more on what is to be done after an agreement among leaders is reached.
Yaacov Bar-Siman-Tov is at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Title:From Conflict Resolution to ReconciliationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 6.18 × 9.29 × 1.18 inPublished:January 12, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195166434

ISBN - 13:9780195166439

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Editorial Reviews

"This is a group of important essays from some of the best minds in the field of conflict resolution. The work in this book is intelligent, professional, and thoughtful, sometimes really brilliant, and represents an important advance in the social scientific understanding of how peacehappens." --Marc Gopin, author of Between Eden and Armageddon: The Future of World Religions, Violence, and Peacemaking