1st Edition

Understanding International Conflict Management

Edited By Charity Butcher, Maia Carter Hallward Copyright 2020
    282 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    282 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This new textbook introduces key mechanisms and issues in international conflict management and engages students with a comprehensive interdisciplinary approach to mitigating, managing, and transforming international conflicts.

    The volume identifies key historical events and international agreements that have shaped and defined the field of international conflict management, as well as key dilemmas facing the field at this juncture. The first section provides an overview of key mechanisms for international conflict management, such as negotiation, mediation, nonviolent resistance, peacekeeping, peacebuilding, transitional justice, and reconciliation. The second section tackles important cross-cutting themes, such as technology, religion, the economy, refugees and migration, and the role of civil society, examining how these issues contribute to international conflicts and how they can be leveraged to help address such conflicts. Each chapter includes a brief historical overview of the evolution of the issue or mechanism, identifies key theoretical and practical debates, and includes case studies, discussion questions, website links, and suggested further reading for further study and engagement. By providing a mixture of theory and practical examples, this textbook provides students with the necessary background to navigate this interdisciplinary field.

    This volume will be of great interest to students of international conflict management, conflict resolution, peace studies, and international relations in general.

    Part I: Introduction to International Conflict Management

    1. Introduction to International Conflict Management Charity Butcher and Maia Hallward

    2. Key Theories of International Conflict Management Maia Hallward and Charity Butcher

    Part II: Mechanisms of International Conflict Management

    3. International Negotiation Thomas Doleys and Timothy Hedeen

    4. International Mediation Susan Raines and Brittany Foutz

    5. Nonviolent (Civil) Resistance in International Conflict Management Maia Hallward and Lina Tuschling

    6. United Nations Peacekeeping in International Conflict Management Volker Franke and Karen Guttieri

    7. Peacebuilding Erin McCandless

    8. Transitional Justice Maureen Wilson and Edwin N. Njonguo

    9. Reconciliation and Forgiveness: Theoretical and Research Based Interactions Mohammed Abu-Nimer and Ilham Nasser

    Part III: Cross-Cutting Themes in International Conflict Management

    10. Civil Society and Conflict Management Thania Paffenholz

    11. Information and Communication Technologies for Peace: A Primer for the Peacebuilding Community Madhawa "Mads" Palihapitya, Pasan Palihapitiya, and Joseph G. Bock

    12. Gender and International Conflict Management Debarati Sen, Loubna Skalli Hanna, and Nicole Junker

    13. Ethnicity, Religion and Conflict Management Charity Butcher and Kathleen Kirk

    14. Economic Issues in International Conflict Marcus Marktanner, Almuth Merkel, and Luc Noiset

    15. Refugees and Migration Brandon Lundy and Sherrill Hayes

    16. Environment, Conflict and Peace Eric Abitbol and Valerie Puleo

    17. Conclusion: Future Challenges and Opportunities in International Conflict Management Charity Butcher and Maia Hallward


    Charity Butcher is Associate Professor of Political Science in the School of Government and International Affairs at Kennesaw State University, USA.

    Maia Carter Hallward is Professor of Middle East Politics in the School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development at Kennesaw State University, USA.

    'The editors have come up with a solid text that will prove useful for undergraduates and graduates alike. Its well-known contributors provide insight on a wide range of subjects, and the inclusion of nonviolent civil resistance as a key component of the field sets this text apart from many others. Overall, the text gives students a range of tools to handle international conflict and to work towards conflict transformation and global change.'-- Landon E. Hancock, Kent State University, USA

    'This book provides an exceptionally comprehensive and compelling collection of insights on international conflict management. Hallward and Butcher have brought together the voices of top contributors from around the world who expertly integrate findings from theory and practice while grappling with both historical and newly emerging issues and ideas. The volume will be a must-read text for students and also a valuable resource for scholars and practitioners. '--Julie M. Norman, University College London (UCL), UK

    'Understanding International Conflict Management is essential reading for anyone interested in the practical utility of peace and conflict studies. It is theoretically sophisticated and introduces readers to the fundamentals of negotiation theory, resistance studies, and long term peacebuilding, justice and reconciliatory processes. It does all of this while focusing a conflict management lens on critical 21st century issues such as social media for the public good, gender based conflict, refugees and migration and the biggest existential dilemma of all climate change and conflict. I heartily endorse it for everyone interested in peaceful social change and transformation.'--Kevin P Clements, National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago, New Zealand

    'Understanding International Conflict Management provides an exhaustive overview of international conflict management mechanisms ranging from negotiations to peacekeeping to transitional justice. Butcher and Hallward expertly tie together a wide array of perspectives on conflict management, helping readers to understand the current state of the field in an interdisciplinary way. For those seeking to understand conflict management mechanisms and the cross-cutting issues they help to address, this is an excellent resource.' -- Krista E. Wiegand, University of Tennessee, USA