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Introduction

Benjamin Gidron, Stanley N. Katz and Yeheskel Hasenfeld

in Mobilizing for Peace

Published in print July 2002 | ISBN: 9780195125924
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833894 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195125924.003.0001
 Introduction

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Increasingly, scholars are recognizing that civil society is important to the prevention of conflict and peace keeping. Peace and conflict‐resolution organizations (P/CROs) are a form of civil society or nongovernmental organizations dedicated to promoting peace and ending violence. This chapter introduces an international comparative study of P/CROs in three protracted conflicts in South Africa, Northern Ireland, and Israel/Palestine, and justifies the choice of these conflicts. It describes the range of P/CROs studied, difficulties encountered during the study, and study issues, which include: the organizational characteristics of the P/CROs; the methods P/CROs employed; comparisons of P/CROs in the four countries; and the contributions P/CROs made to peace in their regions.

Keywords: civil society; conflict resolution; Israel/Palestine; nongovernmental organization; Northern Ireland; peace and conflict‐resolution organizations (P/CROs); protracted conflict; South Africa; study issues

Chapter.  4988 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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