Item description for Grasping the Nettle: Analyzing Cases of Intractable Conflict by Chester A. Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson & Pamela R. Aall...
Among the unwelcome legacies of the past century are a group of conflicts, both intrastate and interstate, that seem destined never to end. From Kashmir to Nagorno-Karabakh, Colombia to Sudan, the Korean Peninsula to the Middle East, these deeply entrenched, intermittently violent conflicts have so far resisted all outside efforts to resolve them. What lessons---aside from the apparent futility of mediation---can such dismal situations possibly offer?
As the distinguished contributors to Grasping the Nettle make plain, this is not a rhetorical question. Unyielding conflicts offer numerous insights---not only about the sources of intractability but also about such facets of mediation and conflict management as how to gain leverage, when to engage and disengage, how to balance competing goals, and who to enlist to play supporting roles.
The first part of this eye-opening volume identifies and analyzes the defining characteristics and underlying dynamics of intractable conflicts. The second part turns the spotlight on no fewer than eight current cases, in each instance chronicling the conflict's evolution, evaluating the internal and external factors that have conspired to prevent a settlement, and assessing whether past peacemaking initiatives have in fact only aggravated the conflict. The conclusion makes the point that even intractable conflicts eventually end and highlights the strategic approaches and tactical steps that have yielded success in the past for mediators and conflict managers from governments, international organizations, and NGOs.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 6" Height: 8.75" Weight: 1.5 lbs.
Publisher United States Institute of Peace Press
ISBN 1929223609 ISBN13 9781929223602
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More About Chester A. Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson & Pamela R. Aall
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).
Chester A. Crocker currently resides in Washington.