A Public Peace Process: Sustained Dialogue to Transform by Harold H. Saunders

By Harold H. Saunders

Many of the deep-rooted human conflicts that grab our awareness at the present time aren't prepared for formal mediation and negotiation. humans don't negotiate approximately identification, worry, old complaint, and injustice. Sustained discussion offers an area the place voters outdoor govt can switch their conflictual relationships. Governments can negotiate binding agreements and implement and enforce them, yet in basic terms electorate can switch human relationships. Governments have lengthy had their instruments of international relations - mediation, negotiation, strength, and allocation of assets. Harold H. Saunders' A Public Peace procedure offers electorate outdoor govt with their very own tool for reworking clash. Saunders outlines a scientific process for electorate to take advantage of in decreasing racial, ethnic, and different deep-rooted tensions of their international locations, groups, and organizations.

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This framework for analyzing the dynamics of a conflict enlarges the traditional field of conflict resolution by adding this fifth period of rebuilding the connective tissue that enables citizens to work together when necessary across the natural lines of difference, dealing with those differences peacefully. The analysis of the relationships underlying the conflict will have identified key actors in the conflict. As attention turns to ending the conflict, it is important ·to recognize the contribution of potential actors in a peace process.

The five-stage process that I call "sustained dialogue" is described in Chapter Six of this book. The deep-rooted ethnic, racial and religious tensions and conflicts between and within states that demand the world's attention on the eve of the The Challenges of Conflict and Peace in the Citizens' Century 13 twenty-first century are normally not ready for the solutions of institutional politics-formal mediation, negotiation, elections or referenda. They require an approach that probes the human roots of conflict and changes relationships in enduring ways.

Public," in my vocabulary, refers to the citizenry outside government. "Body politic" includes the government, the civil society and the processes of interaction between them-the totality of citizens within government and citizens outside government. This attention to the politics of citizens is essential to transforming violent relationships into the relationships necessary for building peaceful societies. It deepens the reservoir of insights from which those engaged in the "public peace process" can draw.

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