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Pathways from Ethnic Conflict

Institutional Redesign in Divided Societies, 1st Edition

Edited by John Coakley


248 pages

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The book begins with an agenda-setting introduction which will provide an overview of the central question being addressed, such as the circumstances associated with the move towards a political settlement, the parameters of this settlement and the factors that have assisted in bringing it about. The remaining contributions will focus on a range of cases selected for their diversity and their capacity to highlight the full gamut of political approaches to conflict resolution. The cases vary in:

  • the intensity of the conflict (from Belgium, where it is potential rather than actual, to Sri Lanka, where it has come to a recent violent conclusion);
  • in the geopolitical relationship between the competing groups (from Cyprus, where they are sharply segregated geographically, to Northern Ireland, where they are intermingled);
  • in the extent to which a stable constitutional accommodation has been reached (ranging from the Basque Country, with a large range of unresolved problems, to South Africa, which has achieved a significant level of institutional stability).

This book ranges over the world’s major geopolitical zones, including Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe and will be of interest to practitioners in the field of international security.

This book was published as a special issue of Nationalism and Ethnic Politics.

Table of Contents

1. Preface William Safran 2. Comparing Ethnic Conflicts: Common Patterns, Shared Challenges John Coakley 3. Belgium: Towards the Breakdown of a Nation-State in the Heart of Europe? Lieven De Winter and Pierre Baudewyns 4. Spain: Identity Boundaries and Political Reconstruction Francisco Jose Llera 5. Northern Ireland: From Multiphased Conflict To Multilevelled Settlement Jennifer Todd 6. Bosnia: Dayton is Dead! Long Live Dayton! Roberto Belloni 7. Cyprus: Domestic Ethnopolitical Conflict and International Politics Joseph S. Joseph 8. Lebanon: From Consociationalism to Conciliation Simon Haddad 9. South Africa: The Long View on Political Transition Adrian Guelke 10. Sri Lanka: The Challenge of Postwar Peace Building, State Building, and Nation Building S. W. R. de A. Samarasinghe 11. Ethnic Conflict Resolution: Routes Towards Settlement John Coakley

About the Editor

John Coakley is Head of the School of Politics and International Relations in University College Dublin. He has published extensively on nationalism and ethnic conflict, and has recently edited or co-edited The Territorial Management of Ethnic Conflict (2nd ed., Frank Cass, 2003), Politics in the Republic of Ireland (4th ed., Routledge, 2004), Renovation or revolution? New territorial politics in Ireland and the United Kingdom (UCD Press, 2005) and Crossing the border: new relationships between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland (Irish Academic Press, 2007).

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Nationalism and Ethnicity

This  series draws attention to some of the most exciting issues in current world political debate: nation-building, autonomy and self-determination; ethnic identity, conflict and accommodation; pluralism, multiculturalism and the politics of language; ethnonationalism, irredentism and separatism; and immigration, naturalization and citizenship. The series includes monographs as well as edited volumes, and through the use of case studies and comparative analyses will bring together some of the best work to be found in the field.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Arms Control
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Civil Rights
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General