What is a Just Peace? by Pierre Allan

What is a Just Peace?

EditorPierre Allan, Alexis Keller

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Just war has attracted considerable attention. The words peace and justice are often used together. Surprisingly, however, little conceptual thinking has gone into what constitutes a just peace. This book, which includes some of the world's leading scholars, debates and develops the concept ofjust peace. The problem with the idea of a just peace is that striving for justice may imply a just war. In other words, peace and justice clash at times. Therefore, one often starts from a given view of what constitutes justice, but this a priori approach leads - especially when imposed from the outside -straight into discord. This book presents conflicting viewpoints on this question from political, historical, and legal perspectives as well as from a policy perspective. This book also argues that a just peace is a mediated peace. It is just, because it is based on conventions that are negotiated and recognized by the parties. Mutual recognition is central: parties recognize each other as agents that have an identity. Consent is necessary, too: all parties need toapprove a solution; therefore, each party needs to understand what allows the other to remain "self." And renouncement: concessions are necessary, some symbols and positions need to be sacrificed. In this sense, the Geneva Initiative - the first comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace plan - is amediated peace. Thus the book challenges a liberal view of peace founded on norms claiming universal scope. This liberal conception has difficulty in solving conflicts such as civil wars characterized typically by fundamental disagreements between different communities. Cultures make demands that areidentity-defining, and some of these defy the "cultural neutrality" that is one of the foundations of liberalism. Thus, the concept of just peace cannot be solved within liberalism - nor for that matter within communitarianism.

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Pierre Allan has been Professor of Political Science at the University of Geneva since 1984 and Dean of the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences since 2001. Graduated in economic sciences in 1974 (prize "La Suisse") of the Ecole des hautes etudes commerciales (HEC) of the University of Lausanne ane, in 1975, graduated in Sociology ...
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Title:What is a Just Peace?Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.55 inPublished:July 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Pierre Allan and Alexis Keller: Introduction2. Pierre Allan: Between the Eradication of Humanity and Paradise: Just Peace Within a Conceptual Scale3. Alexis Keller: Peace and Justice in Political Thought4. Adam Roberts: Just Peace: A Cause Worth Fighting For?5. Stanley Hoffmann: Peace and Justice6. David Little: Peace, Justice, and Religion7. Yossi Beilin: Just Peace: An Unnecessary Concept8. Edward Said: A Just Peace9. Pierre Allan and Alexis Keller: Chapter 9 Just Peace: From Peace to Justice or From Justice to Peace?