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Negotiating Reconciliation in Peacemaking

06 Nov 2017 - 11:44

Negotiating Reconciliation in Peacemaking: Quandaries of Relationship Building offers a unique approach to reconciliation as a matter for negotiation, bringing together two bodies of theory in order to offer insights into resolving conflicts and achieving lasting peace. It argues that reconciliation should not be simply accepted as an ‘agreed-upon norm’ within peacemaking processes, but should receive serious attention from belligerents and peace-brokers seeking to end violent conflicts through negotiation.
 
Contributions to the book reveal some of the complexities of national and international reconciliation projects, but particularly diverse understandings of reconciliation and how to achieve it. All conflicts reflect unique dynamics, aspirations and power realities. It is precisely because parties in conflict differ in expectations of reconciliation outcomes that its processes should be negotiated. This book is a valuable resource for both scholars and practitioners engaged in resolving conflicts and transforming fragmented relations in conflict and post-conflict situations.
 
The book comes forth out of the Processes of International Negotiation (PIN) research programme, which will be leaving Clingedael at the end of the year and continue their important work at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies. Trainers of Clingendael Academy use this particular book in their training sessions for groups in conflict and mediators. Both Valerie Rosoux and Mark Anstey are regular contributors to the training programmes offered by Clingendael Academy.

You can purchase the book here.