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International Intervention, Identity and Conflict Transformation

Bridges and Walls Between Groups, 1st Edition

By Timea Spitka


186 pages

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This book addresses the challenges of international intervention in violent conflicts and its impact on groups in conflict.

When the international community intervenes in a violent internal conflict, intervening powers may harden divisions, constructing walls between groups, or they may foster transformation, soften barriers and build bridges between conflicting groups. This book examines the different types of external processes and their respective contributions to softening or hardening divisions between conflicting groups. It also analyses the types of conflict resolution strategies, including integration, accommodation and partitioning, and investigates the conditions under which the international community decides to pursue a particular strategy, and how the different strategies contribute to solidification or transformation of group identities. The author uses three case studies, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Northern Ireland and Israel-Palestine, to reveal how different types of external interventions impact on the identities of conflicting groups. The volume seeks to address how states and international organizations ought to intervene in order to stimulate the building of bridges rather than walls between conflicting groups. In doing so, the book sheds light on some of the pitfalls in international interventions and highlights the importance of united external process and inclusive identity strategies that promote transformation and bridge differences between conflicting groups.

This book will be of much interest to students of intervention, peace and conflict studies, ethnic conflict, security studies and IR.


'This book is an important and exciting contribution to the literature on conflict and interventions. It is well structured and informative and adds crucial points to the debate surrounding ‘best strategies’ for external interventions. It is thus an essential read for both, scholars and practitioners.' - Kerstin I. Tomiak, Cardiff University, UK, Peacebuilding

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The Dynamics of Group Identity in Conflict and Conflict Resolution 2. International Intervention Process: United, Divided, Neutral and Partisan Interventions 3. International Intervention Strategies: Integration, Accommodation and Partitioning 4. Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH): A Catch-22 in Nation-Building 5. Northern Ireland: The Beginning of the End of the ‘Troubles' 6. Intervention in Israel and Palestine: ‘The Troubled Road to Partitioning’ 7. Conclusion

About the Author

Timea Spitka is Sophie Davis Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender, Conflict Resolution and Peace at the Hebrew University, Israel, and has a PhD in International Relations.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution

The field of peace and conflict research has grown enormously as an academic pursuit in recent years, gaining credibility and relevance amongst policy makers and in the international humanitarian and NGO sector. The Routledge Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution series aims to provide an outlet for some of the most significant new work emerging from this academic community, and to establish itself as a leading platform for innovative work at the point where peace and conflict research impacts on International Relations theory and processes.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights