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Dialectics between Stable Peace and Reconciliation

Yaacov Bar-Siman-Tov

in From Conflict Resolution to Reconciliation

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780195166439
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849796 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195166439.003.0004
Dialectics between Stable Peace and Reconciliation

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Studies on the resolution of conflict and peacemaking usually focus more on what causes and what is required in shifting from a state of war to a state of peace instead of concentrating on the measures needed to maintain and consolidate the peace after conflict resolution. Formal agreements, as we may have observed, do not necessarily entail the generation, development, and stabilization of peace relations or prevent new conflicts from coming about. From such situations, the following questions arise: Can peace be preserved at a certain level and stabilized? What are the conditions for maintaining and consolidating peace? The chapter asserts that understanding reconciliation involves fusing international relations with social psychology. The framework suggested in this study includes mutual satisfaction, learning, structural conditions, and reconciliation.

Keywords: peace; stability; mainetance; consolidation; framework; mutual satisfaction; learning; structural conditions

Chapter.  7724 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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