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This first-of-its-kind book approaches peacemaking in a unique way. It makes an innovative application of simulation--as training exercises for peacemaking--and puts readers in the role of key actors during conflict and conflict resolution processes, giving them a nuanced understanding of the risk, opportunity and cost of making peace.
These simulations are also aimed at helping would-be negotiators and/or mediators prepare better. The six exercises included in the book are mostly based on actual or potential negotiations in ongoing peace processes. They cover the following aspects of negotiating peace in deeply divided societies: preventing escalation of the conflict (also called conflict management), initiating Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) that pave the way for political resolution, addressing the root causes of conflict, arriving at a comprehensive agreement to end the conflict and post-conflict peace-building.
As a set of exercises, the six simulations in this book will be useful for administrators, negotiators and peacekeeping forces. This book will also be an important source of information for students and academics studying Politics, International Relations and Peace Studies.
This book gives the reader an unreserved and through version of various trouble spots, the world over with a simulation exercise on each dispute... On the whole a simulating, thought provoking book, and the "simulations" in exercise form will be of great use to academicians and students of these quandaries as well.
The chapters are well-researched and peppered with information including timeline, historical documents, maps wherever applicable and so forth. Simulations are written by the regional experts who exhibit a deep and intricate understanding of the local history, flavour and the main areas of conflict. No wonder, in many cases, these serve as models which can be adapted for designing simulations for varied situations. Taken together, these are designed to be useful for administrators, negotiators and peace keeping forces, as well as students.
This book contains a series of six ready-made simulations, each of which addresses issues of peacemaking in politically of ethnically-divided societies.... The chapters are well-written and clear, and the background materials would serve very well as the core briefing documents for participants. Most of the simulations are written by regional experts with a rich understanding of local history, actors, and the conflict itself.... This book is a valuable contribution. It will be especially useful to instructors seeking ready-made conflict resolution simulations for the classroom. Negotiating Peace in Deeply Divided Societies also provides a useful model for how simulations can be presented, with the models offered in the volume providing useful templates that could be applied to writing up simulation materials for other cases.
Negotiating Peace in Deeply Divided Societies makes an innovative application of stimulations training exercises for peacemaking and puts the readers in the role of key actors during the conflict resolution process, giving them an understanding of the risk and opportunity. (The Financial Express)
Radha Kumar's book may be seen as an attempt to train our negotiators to respond intelligently. It offers a series of simulations based on real-world negotiations here and overseas -- in Northern Ireland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Nagaland and Kashmir. There are also abstract simulations to investigate confidence-building measures and humanitarian interventions by the international community. The reader must put him or herself in the driving seat and steer the situation to closure. It's easy, in the sense that you don't have to grapple with game theory, but it exposes the reader to the extremely difficult situations that negotiators face.
(The Little Magazine)
This book teaches how to negotiate peace in deeply divided societies.... This book will be useful for administrators, negotiators and peace-keeping forces as also students of international understanding. (Organiser)
About the Author
Radha Kumar is Director of the Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution at Jamia Millia Islamia University, India and trustee of the Delhi Policy Group. Formerly Senior Fellow in Peace and Conflict Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York (1999-2003), she is currently a member of CSCAP India, and on the board of the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).
Dr Kumar's books include Making Peace with Partition (Penguin: 2005); Divide and Fall? Bosnia in the Annals of Partition (Verso: 1997); and A History of Doing: Movements for Women's Rights and Feminism in India, 1900-1990 (Kali for Women and Verso: 1993). Her articles have been published in Foreign Affairs, the World Policy Journal, the Brown Journal of World Affairs, Feminist Review, Indian Economic and Social History Review, Economic and Political Weekly and Seminar. She is a frequent OpEd contributor to The Indian Express, DNA and other Indian newspapers. She had edited or authored roughly 30 reports, of which the most recent are Delhi Policy Group publications, Frameworks for a Kashmir Settlement (2007, 2006); Peace-Building: European and Indian Views (2007); and Peace Agreements and After (2006).