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New Book - Contemporary Conflict Resolution: Towards a Global Approach?

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Oliver Ramsbotham
1 May 2011

Conflict resolution on an international scale to address climate change, and the use of the new concept of radical disagreement to intractable conflict issues, such as the Israel-Palestine conflict, are among the issues addressed in Contemporary Conflict Resolution: Towards a Global Approach? 

The newly published third edition of the seminal textbook is co-authored by Prof Oliver Ramsbotham, the Chair of ORG, and asks:

Is a new form of cosmopolitan conflict resolution emerging, which offers a hopeful means for human societies to handle their conflicts non-violently and, eventually, to transcend and celebrate their differences?

While some leading figures such as James Lovelock and Gwynne Dyer argue that it is already too late to prevent the devastating effects of global warming, Oliver Ramsbotham and his co-authors, Hugh Miall and Tom Woodhouse, do not accept such fatalism. They write:

The supreme test for the human species is to learn collectively how to understand and anticipate these ‘unintended’ systemic effects of human action and, even at this late hour, to succeed in adapting conflict resolution approaches for overcoming local tragedies of the commons to a global setting.

For more information about the book, visit: http://www.polity.co.uk/ccr/.

To learn about their proposed solutions, you can read the introduction and the chapter on Environmental Conflict Resolution here.

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