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International Conflict Management

J. Michael Greig, Andrew P. Owsiak, Paul F. Diehl

ISBN: 978-1-509-53052-6 September 2019 Polity 288 Pages



International conflict has long plagued the world, and it continues to do so. With many interstate and civil disputes experiencing no third-party attempts at conflict management, how can the international community mitigate the effects of and ultimately end such violence? Why, in so many cases, are early, “golden opportunities” for conflict management missed? 

In this book, J. Michael Greig, Andrew P. Owsiak, and Paul F. Diehl introduce the varied approaches and factors that promote the de-escalation and the peaceful management of conflict across the globe—from negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and adjudication to peace operations, sanctions, and military or humanitarian intervention. The history, characteristics and agents of each approach are examined in depth, using a wide range of case studies to illustrate successes and failures on the ground. Finally, the book investigates how the various tools interact—both logically and sequentially—to produce beneficial or deleterious effects. 

  • Contents
  • List of Figures
  • List of Tables
  • List of Boxes
  • About the Authors
  • Chapter One: Introducing International Conflict Management
  • Chapter Two: Key Ideas and Frameworks
  • Chapter Three: Intervention
  • Chapter Four: Sanctions
  • Chapter Five: Negotiations
  • Chapter Six: Mediation
  • Chapter Seven: Legal Approaches
  • Chapter Eight: Peace Operations: Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding
  • Chapter Nine: The Intersection of Conflict Management Approaches
  • References and Suggested Readings

“This impressively comprehensive volume views conflict management in its broadest form. As an intellectual package it is an ideal course text—not only because of the veracity of the scholarship that informs its arguments but also thanks to its systematic approach to working through these sometimes complex relationships.”
Patrick Regan, University of Notre Dame

International Conflict Management is a tour de force of insights about the complete range of approaches and forms for managing international conflicts. The approaches come to life in a variety of compelling case applications and in guidelines for conflict managers. The authors’ innovative trajectory concept captures the way the approaches interact in both complementary and contradictory ways. This book is a must-read for scholars seeking to understand the bridge between conflict management and resolution and for practitioners trying to improve their craft of designing and implementing interventions.”
Daniel Druckman, Professor Emeritus of Public and International Affairs, George Mason University; Honorary Professor, Macquarie University and the University of Queensland