This insightful book debates whether conflict within states has emerged as the Achilles Heel of the international community. It covers a wide-range of issues including the roots of internal conflict, small arms supplies, intervention, human rights and international humanitarian law, refugees and post-conflict reconstruction. Internal Conflict and the International Community provides supplementary reading for third level undergraduates, post-graduates and scholars of international relations, comparative politics, development studies, international law and security and defence studies.
'Associate Professor Alley is to be congratulated for…a scholarly and very well researched book. Essential reading one would think for policy-makers and politicians in this most fraught and frustrating area of public policy…an important contribution to this debate.' New Zealand International Review '…wide-ranging and comprehensive…' Professional Security 'This is a thought-provoking book that should be read by all those engaged in seeking resolution of internal conflicts throughout the UN system, the donor community and non-governmnetal organisations, and in civil society.' Development Policy Review 'This well-organized and closely reasoned book merits wide circulation and serious engagement.' International Studies Review 'Roderic Alley's book addresses issues that are long overdue for international relations scholars, particularly how the internal conflicts of today's world affect, and are affected by, the international community, and whether or not the discipline of international relations is adequately equipped to deal with these wars.' International Journal 'Alley sketches out the political and pragmatic issues…and leaves us with a clear sense of the tasks that remain to be grappled with.' Australian Journal of Political Science
Contents: Introduction; The roots of internal conflict; Small arms and light weapons; Refugees and internal conflicts; Human rights and internal conflicts; International humanitarian law; Responses to internal conflicts; Post-conflict reconstruction; The analytical dimensions; Conclusions; Select bibliography; Index.