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Foreign Interventions in Ethnic Conflicts

1st Edition

By Robert Nalbandov


220 pages

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pub: 2009-12-09
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This volume analyzes the successes and failures of foreign interventions in intrastate ethnic wars. Adding value to current research in the fields of international security and conflict resolution, it adopts the unique approach of considering successes of third party actions not by durable peace established in a target country (which is the more traditional approach) but by actual fulfilment of intervention goals and objectives, because multilateral interventions are more likely to achieve success in the pursuit of their goals than unilateral actions. Robert Nalbandov takes in-depth studies of interventions in Chad, Georgia, Somalia and Rwanda and relates them to the main theories of international security - the ethnic security dilemma and the credible commitment problem - to produce a fascinating and valuable volume.


'Focusing on the interveners themselves, and not the target countries or communities, Nalbandov ingeniously grapples with the issue of successes and failures of third party actions. By its novel dataset of interventions and detailed analysis of the conflict cases, the book extends the scholarship beyond the traditional peace-centred domain of conflict resolution into goal-oriented inquiry and charts new avenues for future research.' Serge Pukas, Collegium Civitas, Poland 'Nalbandov's volume certainly represents a new and fresh approach to determining the success of interventions within the field of conflict resolution and international security.' International Politics and Society 'The combination of statistics and qualitative assessments provides a unified picture of the examined conflicts and interventions. With a clear style of writing, concise and supported arguments, methodological accuracy, rich information, and analytical thoroughness this study is equally a pleasant and useful reading for both scholars and practitioners.' Nations and Nationalism 'Nalbandov's volume certainly represents a new and fresh approach to determining the success of interventions within the field of conflict resolution an international security.' Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft 'Foreign Interventions in Ethnic Conflicts provides a logical and well-structured overview of the logistics of foreign interventions in ethnic conflict, with a particular focus on assessing the causal relations between the modes and actors of interventions and the outcomes of ethnic conflicts… Nalbandov's approach moves beyond peace-centric explorations of conflict resolution towards a more goal-oriented approach in an exploration of the causal relations of intervention that could account for the duration, outcome and nature of the conflict. Nalbandov's policy-oriented approach, quantitative research and chronicling of the events in Chad, Georgia, Rwanda and Somalia constitute the author's primary contribution to the wider discourse of conflict resolution.' Political Studies Review

About the Author

Robert Nalbandov is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews, UK

About the Series

Global Security in a Changing World

Global Security in a Changing World
Globalisation is changing the world dramatically, and a very public debate is taking place about the form, extent and significance of these changes. At the centre of this debate lie conflicting claims about the forces and processes shaping security. As a result, notions of inequality, poverty and the cultural realm of identity politics have all surfaced alongside terrorism, environmental changes and bio-medical weapons as essential features of the contemporary global political landscape. In this sense, the debate on globalisation calls for a fundamental shift from a status quo political reality to one that dislodges states as the primary referent, and instead sees states as a means and not the end to various security issues, ranging from individual security to international terrorism. More importantly, centred at the cognitive stage of thought, it is also a move towards conceiving the concept of insecurity in terms of change. The series attempts to address this imbalance by encouraging a robust and multi-disciplinary assessment of the asymmetrical nature of globalisation. Scholarship is sought from areas such as: global governance, poverty and insecurity, development, civil society, religion, terrorism and globalisation.

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