Realizing Peace: A Constructive Conflict Approach

Paperback | March 30, 2015

byLouis Kriesberg

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Early work in conflict resolution and peace research focused on why wars broke out, why they persisted, and why peace agreements failed to endure. Later research has focused on what actions and circumstances have actually averted destructive escalations, stopped the perpetuation of destructiveconduct, produced a relatively good conflict transformation, or resulted in an enduring and relatively equitable relationship among former adversaries. This later research, which began in the 1950s, recognizes that conflict is inevitable and is often waged in the name of rectifying injustice.Additionally, it argues that damages can be minimized and gains maximized for various stakeholders in waging and settling conflicts. This theory, which is known as the constructive conflict approach, looks at how conflicts can be waged and resolved so they are broadly beneficial rather than mutuallydestructive. In this book, Louis Kriesberg, one of the major figures in the school of constructive conflict, looks at major foreign conflict episodes in which the United States has been involved since the onset of the Cold War to analyze when American involvement in foreign conflicts has been relativelyeffective and beneficial and when it has not. In doing so he analyzes whether the US took constructive approaches to conflict and whether the approach yielded better consequences than more traditional coercive approaches. Realizing Peace helps readers interested in engaging or learning about foreignpolicy to better understand what has happened in past American involvement in foreign conflicts, to think freshly about better alternatives, and to act in support of more constructive strategies in the future.

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Early work in conflict resolution and peace research focused on why wars broke out, why they persisted, and why peace agreements failed to endure. Later research has focused on what actions and circumstances have actually averted destructive escalations, stopped the perpetuation of destructiveconduct, produced a relatively good conflic...

Louis Kriesberg is Maxwell Professor Emeritus of Social Conflict Studies and Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Syracuse University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 1.3 inPublished:March 30, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190228679

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Preface and AcknowledgementsGlossary1. Toward More Constructive Peacemaking2. Escalations and De-escalations in the Cold War, 1945 - 19683. Transforming Conflicts, 1969 - 19884. Cold War Ends, New Conflicts Arise, 1989 - 19925. America in a Globalizing World, 1993 - 20006. The War on Terrorism and Other Foreign Conflicts, 2001 - 20087. Attempted Course Change after 20088. Building the Conditions for Constructive StrategiesIndex

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"Realizing Peace is an essential resource for peace and conflict studies, international relations and modern history. An invaluable learning tool for all teaching and working in the various fields of building knowledge and taking action for peace, it is a unique, hopeful and fundamentallypractical work." --Betty A. Reardon, Founding Director Emeritus, International Institute on Peace Education