Contemporary Conflict Resolution by Oliver Ramsbotham,
Tom Woodhouse and Hugh Miall. Cambridge: Polity, 2011.
Ramsbotham, Woodhouse and Miall draw out a general
perspective on conflict studies, its components and
application to various disciplines and their book is separated
into two main parts called ‘Contemporary’ and
‘Cosmopolitan’ conflict resolution. In Part I the authors
set out to define the components and features of conflict
resolution and focus on its most important yet notable
factors – namely peace-building, reconciliation, peacekeeping
and peacemaking. In addition, each section
ends with a case study to draw out each concrete idea in
people’s minds. For instance, with regard to interethnic
conflict, Kenya is presented as a case study for preventing
violent conflict among ethnic groups (p. 143). Similarly,
Somalia is offered as a case study for peacekeeping,
and South Africa and Israeli-Palestinian issues are considered
in terms of peacemaking efforts.
In Part II, relations between conflict resolution concepts
and various disciplines such as the environment,
gender, culture, religion and media are analysed
through interdisciplinary efforts at conflict resolution
and its analytic features. According to the authors,
conflict resolution is one of the most noteworthy
theories in the literature. As a conflict resolution
researcher, I strongly recommend this book to students
and researchers involved in security studies or generally
interested in these concepts.
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Kadioglu, I. A. (2014), ‘Contemporary Conflict Resolution’,
by Oliver Ramsbotham, Tom Woodhouse and Hugh Miall, Political Studies
Review, 12, 2.