Peacemaking, Religious Belief and the Rule of Law: The Struggle between Dictatorship and Democracy in Syria and Beyond, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Peacemaking, Religious Belief and the Rule of Law

The Struggle between Dictatorship and Democracy in Syria and Beyond, 1st Edition

By Paul J. Zwier


235 pages

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This book offers a new way of understanding the role of the mediator in teaching parties the interrelationship between sustainable peace, forgiveness, and international justice. It argues that the arrival of social media presents new opportunities for reaching sustainable peace agreements, through their use in gathering the detailed information that can match victims and perpetrators of past atrocities.

The author aims to advance a more expansive understanding of the subjects and limitations of making peace in the shadow of international law by examining the concepts of mediation and forgiveness that exist alongside law. To that end, the book offers an account of the role of the mediator that emerges from the interplay between Ricouerian imagination and forgiveness and predicts ever-greater opportunities for making peace and protecting human rights that can be facilitated by a harnessing of social media as a tool for making peace with justice.

The author also aims to examine how strategies for sustaining the peace must combat the inevitable frustrations with democracy that can lead to a slide into dictatorship. Assad, Obama, and the UN leadership and their decisions concerning making and maintaining peace in Syria are used as case studies to examine the interplay between a leaders’ religious beliefs, faith in democracy and rule of law, and impulses towards totalitarianism.

Table of Contents

Part I: The US, UN and the Syrian Conflict: The Role of Religion and the Dictator/Democracy Dilemma

Chapter 1. The History of US Syrian relations: The Role of Bashar al-Assad

Chapter 2: The History of US relations with Syria: The Role of Obama—and Now Trump

Chapter 3: UN and NGO Peacemaking Efforts

Chapter 4: Options for a Constitution-Based Transition in Syria: The Russian Draft and A Problem-Solving Approach

Part II: A Moral Theory for Peacemaking with Justice: History, Imagination, and Forgiveness on an International Stage

Chapter 5: History and Imagination: The Hermeneutics of Paul Ricoeur

Chapter 6: Justice and Forgiveness

Part III: The Potential Impact of Social Media on Peacemaking in Syria

Chapter 7: Social Media and Conflict Mapping in Syria: Implications for Peacemaking, International Criminal Prosecutions and for TRC Processes.

Chapter 8: Conclusion

About the Author

Paul J. Zwier is Professor of Law, Dr. Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution at Emory University School of Law.

About the Series

Routledge Research in International Law

The series offers a space for new and emerging scholars of international law to publish original arguments, as well as presenting alternative perspectives from more established names in international legal research.  Works cover both the theory and practice of international law, presenting innovative analyses of the nature and state of international law itself as well as more specific studies within particular disciplines. The series will explore topics such as the changes to the international legal order, the processes of law-making and law-enforcement, as well as the range of actors in public international law. The books will take a variety of different methodological approaches to the subject including interdisciplinary, critical legal studies, feminist, and Third World approaches, as well as the sociology of international law. Looking at the past, present and future of international law the series reflects the current vitality and diversity of international legal scholarship.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Arbitration, Negotiation, Mediation
LAW / International
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Middle Eastern
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Genocide & War Crimes