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Resolving International Conflict

Dynamics of Escalation and Continuation

Edited by Ole Waever, Isabel Bramsen, Poul Poder

© 2018 – Routledge

272 pages

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This book draws upon and engages with research from the wide range of subfields that have addressed the issues of escalation and protraction in violent conflict, focusing on the dynamics of conflict as such.

The volume rethinks conflict processes in depth through crucial parameters such as the role of emotions, external actors, new social media, religious actors, modern subjectivity formation, memory, and conflict expertise. Thereby, it highlights the multiplicity of triggers for escalation and the drivers of protraction, while also offering innovative perspectives on conflict resolution. The two main parts of the book cover escalation and protraction respectively, with each chapter spelling out the practical implications of the research presented with regard to conflict resolution. A final section will address and engage dynamisms between practitioners and academics in the field.

The part on escalation includes chapters on the crisis in Burundi with a focus on the possibilities for the international community to influence escalation, on violence/non-violence pathways for popular uprising during the phase of escalation; and two chapters with the Syrian conflict as case, one on the role of the Ulama in escalation as well as de-escalation, and another on grassroots videos. The part on protraction opens with a third chapter on Syria, now turning to the role of memory, archives and transitional justice as a key to the future of the conflict. The theme of collective memory is continued in the next chapter, where Bhutan is offered as a productive case for looking at the effects of silence on conflict protraction and transformation. A chapter on Northern Ireland links the issue of dealing with the past to problems of diplomatic negotiation and the formation of agreements. The final chapter in this section distills the question of when ‘third parties’ actually help to end a conflict and when they contribute to protraction. The section on academic and practical knowledge includes chapters on art and memory work – drawing from these broader implications for the general scholar/practitioner relationship. The volume is tightly integrated with a general introduction and conclusion by the editors, as well as three theoretical chapters on conflict, violence, emotions and modern subjectivity. The book is original both in the range of significant phenomena (emotion, memory, expertise, external actors, media etc.) used as lenses to understand escalation and protraction and in the angle it takes on conflict and conflict resolution.

This work will be of much interest to students of conflict resolution, peace studies, war and conflict studies, security studies and international relations, in general.

Table of Contents

1: Introduction, Poul Poder, Ole Wæver and Isabel Bramsen

PART I: Rethinking Conflict Theory

Editors: general introduction

2: Conflict Intensity and Violence in an Even More Dynamic Conflict Theory, Ole Wæver and Isabel Bramsen

3: Dignity Humiliation: A Latently Dispersing Dynamic of Conflict?, Poul Poder

4: "The Violent Other": War and Modern Subjectivity Formation, Dietrich Jung

PART II: Rethinking Conflict Escalation

Editors: general introduction

5: Incentives and early Conflict escalation: The International Community and the Crisis in Burundi, Nikolas Emmanuel

6: To Strike Together: Escalatory Interaction Rituals of Conflict, Violence and the Nonviolent Disruption Hereof, Isabel Bramsen

7: The Syrian Ulama in Escalation and De-Escalation, Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen

8: Syria: the Role of Grassroot Videos in Conflict Escalation, Josepha Ivanka Wessels

PART III: Rethinking Conflict protraction

Editors: general introduction

9: Holding Out for the Day after Tomorrow: Archiving, Memory and Transitional Justice Evidence in Syria, Sune Haugbølle

10: Piecing Together the Past and Present: Narration, Silence and Forgetting in Protracted Conflict, Line Kikkenborg Christensen

11: The role of "third parties": Ending or Protracting Conflicts?, Bjørn Møller

12: 'Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed': The Problem of Disaggregation, Diplomatic Intervention and Dealing with the Past in Northern Ireland, Sara Dybris McQuaid

PART IV: Interface between Academic Knowledge and Practical Knowledge

Editors et al: introduction

13: Art as Expertise: Transgressive Knowledge about (de-) Escalation in Syria, Anna Leander and Donnatella Della Ratta

14: Bringing Memory Work onto the Peace building Agend, Sara Dybris McQuaid

Conclusion, editors

About the Editors

Ole Wæver is Professor of International Relations at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and founder of the research centres CAST (Centre for Advanced Security Theory, director, 2008-13) and CRIC (Centre for Resolution of International Conflicts, director 2013-). He is the author/editor of several books, including International Relations Scholarship arond the World (Routledge 2009).

Poul Poder is Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Copenhagen, and deputy director of CRIC.

Isabel Bramsen is a PhD Fellow at CRIC and chair of the Danish Council of International Conflict Resolution, RIKO.

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 / General