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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a milestone - and useful too, 12 Feb. 2007
This review is from: Contemporary Conflict Resolution 2nd edition: The Prevention, Management and Transformation of Deadly Conflicts (Paperback)
This has got to be THE conflict resolution textbook of today: a complete reworking and major expansion of what already was one of the field's key textbooks, this version is not only empirically and theoretically up-to-date, it also covers methodically and lucidly (1) the development of the field of study; (2) a wide range of cases and issues; and (3) a thoughtful treatment of current and future theoretical-practical issues that must be addressed if the discipline is to have the impact one would hope for. In doing so, it not only sums up the state of knowledge and debate, it also pushed the boundaries and lays the ground for future intellectual and practical exploration. That this is done by three of the field's top scholars makes this, in some ways, much more than a mere 'textbook'.

It does not claim to cover all the world's conflicts, of course, but in its thematic exploration the range of case studies used is ample. This is a classic, and is useful well beyond the 'conflict resolution community'. I have already recommended it to a wide range of people, and placed it on the postgraduate programme 'key reading' list for a diplomatic institute in the Middle East.
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