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How do peacemakers end wars? This book explores the work of ten diplomats who were charged with negotiating conclusions to intractable conflicts in the Middle East and Balkans. The first study to combine the outlooks of practitioners and academics, Ways out of War shows how peacemaking has struggled to respond to new forms of war, especially asymmetrical warfare between state and non-state actors. It shows these diplomats straining to solve major challenges, such as negotiating with war criminals, balancing peace against justice, handling spoilers, setting the timing of peace initiatives, and building or rebuilding state structures. By focusing on these questions from individual peacemakers' points of view, Ways out of War paints a vivid picture of peacemaking, one with full scope for the play of personalities—but one, too, that is critical, comparative, and fully informed by theoretical literature. It will make compelling and essential reading for all students of negotiation and conflict resolution, as well as for any reader who takes an interest in the Balkans, the Middle East, or the ten notable diplomats at its heart.


Description

How do peacemakers end wars? This book explores the work of ten diplomats who were charged with negotiating conclusions to intractable conflicts in the Middle East and Balkans. The first study to combine the outlooks of practitioners and academics, Ways out of War shows how peacemaking has struggled to respond to new forms of war, especially asymmetrical warfare between state and non-state actors. It shows these diplomats straining to solve major challenges, such as negotiating with war criminals, balancing peace against justice, handling spoilers, setting the timing of peace initiatives, and building or rebuilding state structures. By focusing on these questions from individual peacemakers' points of view, Ways out of War paints a vivid picture of peacemaking, one with full scope for the play of personalities—but one, too, that is critical, comparative, and fully informed by theoretical literature. It will make compelling and essential reading for all students of negotiation and conflict resolution, as well as for any reader who takes an interest in the Balkans, the Middle East, or the ten notable diplomats at its heart.


Reviews

"Much has been written about peacemaking but little about the actual experiences of peacemakers themselves. Ways Out of War provides valuable insight into the challenges that contemporary peacemakers face and how ten leading peacemakers responded to those challenges in the Middle East and the Balkans." - Richard Caplan, professor of International Relations, University of Oxford
"A wonderful collection featuring rewarding essays on the efforts of ten diplomats to end conflicts in the Middle East and in the Balkans...Unlike other studies on conflict resolution which are dry as dust, Ways out of war offers a lively and vivid picture of peacemaking …" - Ahron Bregman, Department of War Studies, King's College London


Contents

Foreword; H.Pharo
Introduction: Peacemaking in Asymmetrical Conflicts; M.Fixdal
PART I: THE MIDDLE EAST
Peacemaking as State Diplomacy: Samuel Lewis; C.Daigle & T.Wittes
The Sustainable Dialogue Approach: Harold Saunders; C.Albin & A.Jarblad
The Psychology of Peacemaking: Terje Rød-Larsen; K.Aggestam
Pro-Active Peace Diplomacy: Jan Egeland; H.H.Waage
PART II: THE BALKANS
The Priority of Peace: Thorvald Stoltenberg; M.Fixdal
The Undiplomatic Diplomat: Peter Galbraith; M.Fixdal & I.O.Busterud
Peacekeeping and the Utility of Force: General Sir Michael Rose; J.W.Honig
Peacemaking in a Transitional Phase of Statehood: Hans Hækkerup; A.J.Semb
Peacemaking and State Creation: Søren Jessen Petersen; P.V.Jackobsen
Peacemaking in Conflicts over Independence: Martti Ahtisaari; S.Bose
Postscript: War and Peace in a Trans-national Age; J.Winter


Authors

Mona Fixdal holds a research scholarship from Norway's Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the University of Oslo, at which she was previously a Fulbright Scholar to Yale University and a postdoctoral fellow of the Center for Contemporary History. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.