Lessons for Practice

Mark Anstey and Paul Meerts

in The Slippery Slope to Genocide

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199791743
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919222 | DOI:
Lessons for Practice

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This concluding chapter draws lessons from the various contributions to the book for the practice of negotiation and policymaking. It summarizes the other chapters of this book in terms of several major themes. Firstly, consideration is given to the difficult issue of developing empathy in identity conflicts. The need for early intervention for preventive purposes and responsiveness to early warning signs are then considered. Turning to options for third parties to do something about the situation, some rules of engagement are explored, with specific attention to key areas identified by the contributors to this book: the importance of building internal coherence within sides; improving communications between identity groups; managing media communications; developing commitment, coherence, and response capacity among external agents; and, finally, using peace agreements not as an endpoint but as a starting point for peacebuilding purposes. The management of identity conflicts is not about eliminating identities but rather about finding nonviolent ways to express them.

Keywords: identity and genocide; negotiation and intervention; choice of partners (mutual understanding); internal and external coherence; rules of engagement (third parties and public opinion)

Chapter.  7532 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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