Conflict transformation requires, at minimum, a capacity to listen and respond constructively to those who are being hurt intentionally or unintentionally by others. This compendium attempts to understand the ways in which borders and boundaries are manifestations of less visible dynamics in individual or collective human consciousness.
Nur Yalman asks how certain theories, such as the Huntington thesis, become deadly in their consequences. Omar Moufakkir and Ian Kelly analyze Dutch–Moroccan relations. Sverre Lodgaard outlines the interrelationship between geo-politics, emerging concepts of world order, and nuclear weapon policies. Anthony Marsella critically analyses the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
The lessons drawn in this volume underline the importance of communication, honesty, and a concerned government responsive to the needs of citizens in crisis. Each of these contributions is grappling with different ways in which words, theories, ideologies, and perspectives can hurt or heal, divide or unite, reconcile or destroy.
Table of Contents
Preface, by Olivier Urbain
Introduction, by Kevin P. Clements
The Role of Walls, Borders, and Boundaries in National and International Affairs: Typology, Underlying Trends, and Implications for Conflict Resolution, by Tatsushi Arai, Eileen Babbitt, Kevin P. Clements, Sverre Lodgaard, and Chaiwat Satha-Anand
Deadly Theories and the Limits of Cultural Rationality: The "Clash of Civilizations" Revisited, by Nur Yalman
Tourism and Goodwill: Dutch Attitudes toward Moroccans, by Omar Moufakkir and Ian Kelly
Enlarging Boundaries of Compassion in a Time of Global Crisis, by Kevin P. Clements
Crowded with Conciliators: Exploring Multiparty Mediation in Civil Wars, by Isak Svensson
The Next Step for Conflict Prevention, by James McIlraith
The Promise of Truth Telling for Learning about the Past: The Case of the Rwandan Gacaca Courts, by Rachel Fairhurst and Karen Brouneus
Is Peace Journalism the Moral Responsibility of War Journalists?, by Heather Devere
Nuclear Weapons and World Order, by Sverre Lodgaard
The Fukushima Mega-Disaster: Ten "Lessons to Be Learned" for Japan and the World, by Anthony J. Marsella