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Ethnic Conflict: Causes, Consequences, and Responses [Paperback]

Karl Cordell , Stefan Wolff
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4 Dec 2009
Why does ethnic conflict remain one of the major security challenges in today’s world? Can we avoid another Rwanda in the future? How was it possible, after almost four decades, to achieve a lasting settlement for the conflict in Northern Ireland, while the conflict in Kashmir remains unresolved after more than sixty years? These and other questions are the focus of this book. Investigating the causes and consequences of ethnic conflict, the authors argue that the most effective responses are those that take into account factors at the local, state, regional and global level and which avoid seeking simplistic explanations and solutions to what is a truly complex phenomenon. What matters most for understanding ethnic conflicts are the choices that people make—leaders and followers alike—and not a set of mysterious unknowable forces. Once we know that ethnic conflicts are not difficult to understand, but that there is a lot to understand about them, we can also appreciate that they are not impossible to resolve. However, it takes skilful, committed and principled leaders to achieve just solutions that are supported by their followers, and it takes the long–term commitment of the international community to enable and sustain these solutions.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Polity Press; 1 edition (4 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745639313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745639314
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 17 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A welcome blend of readability, originality, and utilisation of informed writing on ethnic conflict in its comparative and international settings." New Zealand International Review   "This volume reflects the cutting edge of scholarship on ethnic conflict by two leading scholars in the field. An invaluable addition to the literature." Richard Caplan, University of Oxford "This important work expertly reviews the causes of ethnic conflict in order to develop persuasive recommendations for successful conflict–management intervention. Going beyond traditional texts, the volume reflects the latest research on the external causes of internal conflicts. Cordell and Wolff integrate theory with practice, and keep the book very timely, through a series of in–depth case studies of recent ethnic conflicts. This is an impressive work of scholarship, ideal for introductory courses on ethnic conflict and conflict management." Alan Kuperman, University of Texas at Austin "This very readable and passionate analysis of ethnic conflict, its sources and management in the post–Cold War world, represents a significant and valuable contribution to the literature on the study of politics and ethnicity." Adrian Guelke, Queen′s University of Belfast  

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Why does ethnic conflict remain one of the major security challenges in today’s world? Can we avoid another Rwanda in the future? How was it possible, after almost four decades, to achieve a lasting settlement for the conflict in Northern Ireland, while the conflict in Kashmir remains unresolved after more than sixty years? These and other questions are the focus of this book. Investigating the causes and consequences of ethnic conflict, the authors argue that the most effective responses are those that take into account factors at the local, state, regional and global level and which avoid seeking simplistic explanations and solutions to what is a truly complex phenomenon. What matters most for understanding ethnic conflicts are the choices that people make—leaders and followers alike—and not a set of mysterious unknowable forces. Once we know that ethnic conflicts are not difficult to understand, but that there is a lot to understand about them, we can also appreciate that they are not impossible to resolve. However, it takes skilful, committed and principled leaders to achieve just solutions that are supported by their followers, and it takes the long–term commitment of the international community to enable and sustain these solutions.

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This book give a good perspective which can be applied to the current ethnic conflicts aruond the globe.An excellent overall introduction to the subject.Well written and informative.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Conflicts you never heard about 1 May 2007
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The book represents a concise but comprehensive description of the state-of-the-art in the field of ethnic conflict. Moreover, it is a well written and--despite the grave nature of the subject--entertaining book. It provides a summary of contemporary views on why and how ethnicity has become such a powerful mobilizing force that can plunge societies into years of civil war and suffering; why in some cases ethnic conflicts become so violent and in others may be resolved peacefully; and how, if at all, such conflicts may be managed and resolved. The book is quite extraordinary in its coverage of conflicts in various parts of the world. Of course, Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Kosovo, for example, are well-known examples of ethnic conflicts. But how much do we know about the events in Bougainville or in the Democratic Republic of Congo where at least three million people have died in war?

The book is highly recommendable for undergraduate students in political science/sociology and anybody who approaches the complex problem of ethnic conflict for the first time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful, Thorough, Theoretical and Practical 18 Jun 2008
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I have used this book to teach from for two semesters in an introductory level university course with excellent results. This edition, with an expanded bibliography, is of even greater value than the hardcover. Dr. Wolff is thorough, analytical yet practical and humane in his discussion of ethnic conflicts. He enriches the study of and understanding of ethnic conflict greatly with this volume, which would be a superb addition to a reading list for graduate courses in ethnic conflict and/or conflict resolution.

His depth of knowledge and perception is evident on every page, and this is highly readable because of this. Students at all levels of knowledge respond to it very positively. I strongly recommend this book and all others by Stefan Wolff; they are worthy additions to all libraries, both personal and institutional.
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