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Reconciliation in the transformation of conflict : an analysis of the South African experience and implications for its application in international conflict resolution from a peace theoretical perspective

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Hofmann, Nicole A.

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Corporate Editor Universität Marburg, Zentrum für Konfliktforschung
Abstract When violence has ceased it is often assumed that from this very moment peace has been restored. Definitions of peace and war have influenced earlier peace building interventions which in turn constituted the simple act of putting the weapons down as sufficient. Only recently have attempts to incorporate wider angles of facilitating peace and development been utilised. Critical approaches enhancing the perception of peace are put forward by Peace Theory scholars such as Johan Galtung and actual lessons learned serve to counter prevailing criticsm from Realist perspectives on peace. This paper demonstrates a rationale and case for supporting a more promising as well as more realistic view of peace and conflict management offered by peace theoretical considerations and approaches.
Keywords Southern Africa; conflict management; conflict resolution; peacekeeping; peace research; international conflict; board; coming to terms with the past
Classification International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy; Peace and Conflict Research, International Conflicts, Security Policy
Free Keywords Reconciliation; South Africa; international conflict management
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
City Marburg
Page/Pages 22 p.
Series CCS Working Papers, 11
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution