Managing and Settling Ethnic Conflicts

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April 2004 9781850656906 320pp
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April 2004 9781850656913 320pp


Interest in the study of ethnic conflict has soared over the past decade, partly due to the ethnic conflicts that have erupted violently, especially in central and Eastern Europe after the collapse of communism, but also in other parts of the world, such as in Somalia, Rwanda or Indonesia. Simultaneously, Western Europe has remained the site of violent ethnic conflicts in Northern Ireland, Corsica and the Spanish part of the Basque Country, while Canada is still threatened in its territorial and societal integrity by the problems surrounding Quebec. These conflicts affect the lives of millions of people and threaten the stability of national governments and entire regions. Events such as those in Kosovo and East Timor have prompted the international community to engage in difficult and often controversial peace-making and peace-keeping operations with uncertain costs and outcomes. One reason for this uncertainty is the lack of systematic comparative research on the management and settlement of ethnic conflicts. This book addresses this gap by providing a comprehensive theoretical framework for the study of ethnic conflicts and their management and settlement, the contributors exemplifying their theoretical insights with in-depth case studies provided by experts in the field.


‘There is no comparable publication of this quality in any language… it will soon become a seminal textbook on the topic.’ — Stefan Troebst, Professor of East European Cultural Studies, University of Leipzig.


Dr. Ulrich Schneckener is head of the Global Issues Research Unit at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin, the leading German think tank on international affairs which works closely with government institutions and the German Bundestag. His areas of research include international conflict management, civil wars and fragile states, terrorism and counter-terrorism as well as the role of armed non-state actors.

Stefan Wolff is Lecturer in the department of European Studies, University of Bath

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