By Diana Francis
Thousands of individuals around the globe stay in nations torn aside through warfare, the place violence and anguish are a part of lifestyle. but in all these nations there are teams of individuals operating for peace in the course of conflict, status up for human rights and decency. What distinction can they make? What may be performed to aid them, and to aid discussion to take place in the course of hostility and violence? This booklet examines those questions, concentrating on the jobs that standard humans can play as peace developers in societies the place violence and antagonism became the norm, the place inter-communal relationships are fractured or the place associations and the rule of thumb of legislation have collapsed. It examines the idea and perform of clash transformation and its relevance for various cultures and contexts. utilizing huge case reviews taken from functional workshops--the most often used kind of clash intervention--in the Balkans and worldwide, it indicates either the ability and the complexity of such encounters.
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He considers how action at the social level can support efforts at the political level, and gives examples. I believe that if further attention were given – by internal actors and outsiders alike – to the possibilities for mutual support, effectiveness in peace-making could be increased. For instance, in Northern Ireland, it might be assumed that bridge-building community relations work somehow prepares the ground for peace; but did it play any role in helping to make possible the recent ceasefire?
Part III will be focused on the future of the conflict transformation field. In Chapter 10, I will discuss what I see as some elements of good practice and finally, in Chapter 11, I will consider a variety of cultural, conceptual and political challenges to the field of conflict transformation, arguing that if its vision is to have a future, it will entail radical change in the conduct of the world’s major military powers. 2 Theory for Conflict Transformation In this chapter I shall consider the theoretical elements necessary for a comprehensive approach to the transformation of conflict.
As early as 1971, Adam Curle conceptualised and depicted the way oppressive relationships are changed through increased awareness leading to confrontation. Chris Mitchell (1991), in his chapter on ‘Recognising Conflict’, draws on Johan Galtung’s concept of ‘structural violence’ (Galtung, 1990). John Paul Lederach (1995) writes of the need for the empowerment of oppressed groups, and Louis Kriesberg (1998) develops the idea of ‘constructive conflicts’, in which escalation has to precede resolution.