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Leadership and Reconciliation

David Bargal and Emmanuel Sivan

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/9780195166439.003.0007
Leadership and Reconciliation

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In establishing peaceful social relations after launching a formal peace agreement, a transformation should be made in the attitudes of those in conflict with each other towards each other. Long lasting conflicts bring about hostile relations, and the groups involved in such conflicts are evidently separated in terms of identity, territory, security, and other possible aspects. Intractable conflicts emphasize a nation's political and cultural values as these are exhibited in the measures that the nation performs to deal with the conflict. While most writings regarding reconciliation and leadership make use of a bottom-up approach that concentrates on individual accounts, this chapter uses a top-down approach that looks into the role of national political leadership in reconciliation.

Keywords: social relations; formal peace agreement; attitudes; political values; cultural values; national political leadership

Chapter.  8957 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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