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Apology and Reconciliation in International Relations

Raymond Cohen

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/9780195166439.003.0009
Apology and Reconciliation in International Relations

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An apology serves as a human and effective tool for reconciliation and in dealing with conflict. Since apologies are not limited to only speech and may be delivered in several different ways and forms across the globe, apologies may be used on small instances like personal quarrels to more complicated problems like conflicts between nations. Apologies, however, bring about a range of various reactions from both the receiver and the giver because in the case of international conflicts, apologies are carelessly thrown, accepted ungraciously, and in some cases even avoided. This chapter uses a comparative and cross-cultural perspective in looking into apologies in the context of international reconciliation.

Keywords: apology; humane tool; international conflict; receiver; giver; nations; cross-cultural perspective

Chapter.  7672 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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