Managing Global Chaos: Sources of and Responses to International Conflict

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9781878379580: Managing Global Chaos: Sources of and Responses to International Conflict

Please see the newest, replacement volume Leashing the Dogs of War.

A resurgence of ethnonationalism, the collapse of empires the outbreak of humanitarian crises, and growing pressures on weakened states are substantially altering world politics. While a new international system has not yet emerged to replace the Cold War system, conflict within and between states continues at a high level, posing a sever challenge to diplomats and citizens in the United States and other countries.

In response to numerous requests from teachers and practitioners, and with the assistance of an advisory board of eminent scholars and policymakers, the editors have developed this unique and comprehensive volume. Some 40 essays probe traditional and emerging sources of conflict and explore the full range of instruments, actors, techniques, and policies for managing and resolving conflict—ranging from combat intervention, collective security, and UN peacekeeping to preventive diplomacy problem-solving workshops, and the strengthening of civil society.

The book includes seven case studies and numerous chapters that feature comparative and cross-cutting analysis. The purpose of the volume is to fill the vacuum created by recent global change that has dramatically altered the context for both the teaching and the practice of international relations. It will support teaching of international relations at colleges and universities and be equally useful to diplomats, military officers, international civil servants, and practitioners of humanitarian relief and conflict resolution in nongovernmental organizations.

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About the Author:

Chester A. Crocker is the James R. Schlesinger Professor of Strategic Studies at Georgetown University where his teaching and research focus on conflict management and regional security issues. He served as chairman of the board of the United States Institute of Peace (1992-2004), and continues as a member of its board. From 1981-1989, he was U.S. assistant secretary of state for African affairs. As such, he was the principal diplomatic architect and mediator in the prolonged negotiations among Angola, Cuba, and South Africa that led to Namibia’s transition to independence, and to the withdrawal of Cuban forces from Angola. Dr. Crocker served as a staff officer at the National Security Council (1970-72) where he worked on Middle East, Indian Ocean, and African issues and director of African studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (1976-80). He serves on the boards Universal Corporation, Inc., a leading independent trading company in tobacco and agricultural products; Good Governance Group Ltd, a business intelligence advisory service; and Bell Pottinger USA, a communications and public relations firm. Dr. Crocker is a founding member of the Global Leadership Foundation, the Africa-based Housing for HIV Foundation and member of the Independent Advisory Board of the World Bank. Dr. Crocker is the author of High Noon in Southern Africa: Making Peace in a Rough Neighborhood (1993), co-author (with Fen Osler Hampson and Pamela Aall) of Taming Intractable Conflicts: Mediation in the Hardest Cases (2004), and coeditor of Leashing the Dogs of War: Conflict Management in a Divided World (2007), Grasping the Nettle: Analyzing Cases of Intractable Conflict (2005); Turbulent Peace: The Challenges of Managing International Conflict (2001); and Herding Cats: Multiparty Mediation in a Complex World (1999).

Pamela R. Aall is the Provost for the Institute's Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding . She directs the education program, which focuses on strengthening teaching, learning, and research on conflict prevention, management, and resolution. Before joining the Institute in 1993, she was a consultant to the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and to the Institute of International Education. She held a number of positions at the Rockefeller Foundation. She has also worked for the European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam and Brussels), the International Council for Educational Development (New York), and the New York Botanical Garden. She holds a B.A. from Harvard University and an M.A. from Columbia University and attended the London School of Economics, conducting research on political and economic integration in Scandinavia and Europe.

Fen Osler Hampson is professor of international affairs and director of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. Hampson was a senior fellow at the United States Institute of Peace in 1993-94. He is chair of the Human Security Track of the Helsinki Process on Globalization and Democracy, a joint initiative of the governments of Finland and Tanzania.

Review:

"The US Institute of Peace has produced a monumental volume covering an enormous range of topics relevant to international peace and security at the end of the twentieth century... The most important thing is that it is a rewarding compendium of some of the best analysis available on international peace and security..." -- International Peacekeeping

"This massive tome represents the collective wisdom of a high-powered group of foreign policy practitioners and scholars. . . . The quality of the essays is uniformly high, and the edition should be useful in university courses surveying the contemporary international scene." -- Foreign Affairs

"This thoughtful collection of essays makes an important contribution toward understanding and identifying approaches to the prevention, management, and solution of present-day conflicts." -- Sadako Ogata, UN High Commissioner for Refugees

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