Research Handbook on Conflict Prevention

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Research Handbook on Conflict Prevention

9781803920832 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Timo Kivimäki, Professor of International Relations, University of Bath, UK and Senior Non-Resident Fellow, Sejong Institute, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Publication Date: June 2024 ISBN: 978 1 80392 083 2 Extent: c 384 pp
The Research Handbook on Conflict Prevention is a cohesive and comparative analysis of the ways in which organised violence is combatted. Renowned experts dissect the complex problem of conflict prevention by investigating its three main aspects: agency, methods and timing.

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The Research Handbook on Conflict Prevention is a cohesive and comparative analysis of the ways in which organised violence is combatted. Renowned experts dissect the complex problem of conflict prevention by investigating its three main aspects: agency, methods and timing.

This incisive Research Handbook both reviews the current literature on conflict prevention and introduces new theoretical and empirical findings. Contributors compare the different roles played by women’s groups, academics, military forces, and local and international agents such as the UN. They also explore resolution methods such as prenegotiation, negotiation, mediation and conflict transformation. In doing so, they illustrate the various ways in which hegemonic masculine approaches, peace journalism, and robust non-military and military approaches manage to reduce organised violence. Finally, the Research Handbook tracks the different phases of the conflict process, from the onset and escalation of conflict to conflict relapse. Confronting the vicious cycle of organised violence, this rigorous and multi-faceted study of conflict prevention provides an impetus towards understanding the field and inspiring solutions.

In-depth and comprehensive, this Research Handbook will be of great benefit to scholars of conflict and international relations, human rights, terrorism and security, as well as practitioners and policymakers in the field.
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‘The Research Handbook on Conflict Prevention is a wonderful addition to cutting edge theoretical and empirical work on different aspects of conflict prevention and peacebuilding. Organised into three sections, The Agents of Conflict prevention, Methods of and opportunities for Conflict prevention and Optimal timing for Conflict prevention, the Handbook provides state of the art arguments for early intervention and for engaging multiple actors in the design and implementation of conflict resolution processes. This is a must read for anyone interested in preventive diplomacy, conflict prevention, conflict management and conflict transformation,and should be on the shelves of everyone interested in creating a more peaceful world.’
– Kevin P. Clements, Toda Peace Institute, Japan

‘The Research Handbook on Conflict Prevention is an indispensable contribution to the field of peace and conflict studies. Featuring an impressive lineup of the most renowned scholars, this volume provides a nuanced reflection on the complexities of preventive efforts, challenges that remain ahead, and opportunities for further refinement of policies aimed at making prevention deliver on its promise. Impeccably edited, this volume is a must-have for scholars and practitioners of conflict management.’
– Siniša Vuković, Johns Hopkins University, US

‘Conflict prevention has in recent years become an increasingly multidimensional and multilayered concept. The handbook edited by Timo Kivimäki offers novel perspectives on the theory and practice of conflict prevention and transformation. Today, there is a growing need to develop new means and resources to tackle violent conflicts before they escalate into large-scale humanitarian disasters as has happened in Ukraine and Gaza. The world needs a new culture of conflict prevention and, first of all, a new commitment of national leaders to turn it into reality.’
– Raimo Väyrynen, Past President, Academy of Finland, Finland
Contributors
Contributors include: Shikshya Adhikari, Victor Asal, Kyle Beardsley, Mattia Cacciatori, Abraham Diing, Outi Donovan, Edward A. Gonzalez, Lukas Hegele, Nakissa Jahanbani, Patrick James, Ayesha Jehangir, Andrew Johnstone, Timo Kivimäki, Joakim Kreutz, Liisa Laakso, Janie Leatherman, Steven E. Lobell, Hugh Miall, Naomi Pendle, Norrin M. Ripsman, Scott A. Silverstone, Grace Sorci, Isak Svensson, Suzanne Weedon Levy, Anne van Wijk, I. William Zartman
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