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The slippery slope to genocide : reducing identity conflicts and preventing mass murder

Author: Mark Anstey; Paul Meerts; I William Zartman
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.
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Genocide results from the culmination of conflicts over identity. A group of people that feels threatened by extinction resorts to genocide as a pathologically defensive reaction. This poses a security dilemma that can only be broken by quelling the feelings of threat and fear that prompt mass violence. In order to prevent genocide, it is essential to understand the internal dynamics of identity conflict. It is also  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Anstey; Paul Meerts; I William Zartman
ISBN: 9780199791743 0199791740
OCLC Number: 699379279
Description: xvi, 403 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The problem : preventing identity conflicts and genocide / I. William Zartman and Mark Anstey --
The roots and prevention of genocide and related mass violence / Ervin Staub --
The identity trap : managing paradox in crisis bargaining / William A. Donohue --
The identity narratives / Jesús Romero-Trillo --
Negotiating memories and justice in the Philippines / Ariel Macaspac Penetrante --
Diasporas and the politics of identity in international negotiations / Fen Osler Hampson --
Outbidding and the decision to negotiate / Jannie Lilja --
The insides of identity and intragroup conflict / Jay Rothman --
Handling spoilers and the prospect of violence / Marie-Joëlle Zahar --
Mediation and identity conflicts / Joshua Lerner Smilovitz --
The challenge of partnerism / Moty Cristal --
Conditions for internal conflict resolution through external intervention / Frank R. Pfetsch --
Who gets what in peace agreements? / David E. Cunningham --
Evolving international law of intervention and prevention / Franz Cede --
The international community response / Peter Wallensteen, Erik Melander, and Frida Möller --
Between mediation and negotiation : HCNM interventions in identity conflicts / Fedor Meerts and Tassos Coulaloglou --
Negotiating out of conflict : external interventions in Africa / Mark Anstey --
Lessons for theory / I. William Zartman and Mark Anstey --
Lessons for practice / Mart Anstey and Paul Meerts.
Responsibility: edited by Mark Anstey, Paul Meerts, and I. William Zartman.

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Genocide results from the culmination of conflicts over identity. A group of people that feels threatened by extinction resorts to genocide as a pathologically defensive reaction. This poses a security dilemma that can only be broken by quelling the feelings of threat and fear that prompt mass violence. In order to prevent genocide, it is essential to understand the internal dynamics of identity conflict. It is also important to intervene at the early stages of identity conflict; the parties involved require external help to ease tensions. In this volume, noted thinkers and practitioners of conflict management, who hail from ten different countries, present ideas on how to prevent identity issues from causing fear and escalating into genocide. They focus on measures for handling the internal dynamics of parties facing identity conflicts, as well as considerations for arranging external assistance. Contributors address the problem of outbidders, actors whose non-conciliatory attitudes put them in positions of leadership in their identity groups. Since political extremism and violence can signal resolve and commitment to a group cause, moderates give way to hardliners. Spoilers, who believe that peace undermines their interests and power, also play a key role in the dynamics of conflicts. Careful attention is necessary to select appropriate third parties who can pull conflicting parties off the course of conflict. The authors discuss the concepts and practices involved in changing structures and attitudes to ease tensions, as well as the measures interveners must take to work in the midst of conflicting groups.

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