Preventing Violent Conflicts
Past Record & Future Challenges

Edited By Peter Wallensteen
August 1998
Uppsala University Press
ISBN: 91-506-1309- X
307 pages, 6 1/2" x 9 1/2"
$42.50 Paper Original

Have the lessons been learnt from new conflicts and humanitarian disasters of the early 1990s? Could suffering and destruction have been avoided with earlier action and preventative measures? By looking at the past record and relating it to future challenges, this book presents some new insights. This is done with the help of contributors drawn from international practice as well as advanced research. The use of early intervention is discussed, for instance, with respect to how, at what time, by whom, for what purpose, in what situation and with what justification? This brings out issues of structural versus direct intervention, as well as democracy building as a strategy. Traditional concepts of security are challenged. Cases analyzed include Rwanda, Burundi, Albania and Eastern Zaire, and the UN Security Council itself. The limited ability of the international community to handle forces bent on spoiling peace agreements is a special concern. This book provides timely, broad and pertinent analyses of an emerging and important theme.

Uppsala University Department of Peace & Conflict Research, Report No. 48

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