1st Edition

Pathways from Ethnic Conflict Institutional Redesign in Divided Societies

Edited By John Coakley Copyright 2010
    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    246 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    1. The comparative dimension: paths towards ethnic conflict resolution
    (John Coakley, School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin)

    2. Belgium: the end of the "consensus" culture for resolving ethnic conflict ?
    (Pierre Baudewyns and Lieven de Winter, Université catholique de Louvain)

    3. Identity boundaries in Spain: the Basque case in context
    (Francisco J Llera Ramo, Department of Political and Administrative Science, University of the Basque Country)

    4. Northern Ireland: a multi-phased history of conflict, a multi-levelled process of settlement
    (Jennifer Todd, School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin)

    5. Cyprus: a path towards accommodation?
    (Joseph S Joseph, University of Cyprus, Nicosia)

    6. Intercommunal conflicts and conflict resolution in post-civil war Lebanon
    (Simon Haddad, Jounieh, Lebanon)

    7. Paths towards ethnic conflict resolution: Sri Lanka
    (SWR deA Samarasinghe, Tulane University and Centre for Ethnic Studies, Kandy, Sri Lanka)

    8. Regional or ethnic? Understanding political conflict in South Korea
    (Youngmi Kim, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh)

    9. Beyond ethnicity? Patronage politics and conflict resolution in Central Asia: The cases of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
    (Matteo Fumagalli, Central European University, Budapest)

    10. The long view on South Africa’s transition
    (Adrian Guelke, Centre for the Study of Conflict, School of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy, Queen’s University Belfast)

    11. Conclusion: dimensions of ethnic conflict resolution
    (John Coakley, University College Dublin)


    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).