Across the Lines of Conflict

Facilitating Cooperation to Build Peace

Edited by Michael Lund and Steve McDonald

Woodrow Wilson Center Press / Columbia University

Across the Lines of Conflict

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Pub Date: December 2015

ISBN: 9780231704502

448 Pages

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Pub Date: December 2015

ISBN: 9780231801379

448 Pages

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Across the Lines of Conflict

Facilitating Cooperation to Build Peace

Edited by Michael Lund and Steve McDonald

Woodrow Wilson Center Press / Columbia University

Through a comparative analysis of six case studies, this volume illustrates key conflict-resolution techniques for peacebuilding. Outside parties learn how to facilitate cooperation by engaging local leaders in intensive, interactive workshops. These opposing leaders reside in small, ethnically divided countries, including Burundi, Cyprus, Estonia, Guyana, Sri Lanka, and Tajikistan, that have experienced communal conflicts in recent years. In Estonia and Guyana, peacebuilding initiatives sought to ward off violence. In Burundi and Sri Lanka, initiatives focused on ending ongoing hostilities, and in Cyprus and Tajikistan, these efforts brought peace to the country after its violence had ended.

The contributors follow a systematic assessment framework, including a common set of questions for interviewing participants to prepare comparable results from a set of diverse cases. Their findings weigh the successes and failures of this particular approach to conflict resolution and draw conclusions about the conditions under which such interactive approaches work, as well as assess the audience and the methodologies used.

This work features research conducted in conjunction with the Working Group on Preventing and Rebuilding Failed States, convened by the Wilson Center's Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity.

This book charts new territory in its structured approach to understanding whether it is possible to build up will among host country or society leaders to take on peacebuilding roles, and if so, how. It focuses on leadership engagement, an element that has long been recognized as essential to peace processes.

Pamela Aall, U.S. Institute of Peace

Specialists will look to this book for evidence of past success and failure, and for guidance on future projects.

Anthony Wanis-St. John, American University

This is a rigorous and balanced assessment that should be of considerable interest to practitioners and their sponsors and funders.

Chester A, Crocker, Georgetown University

This is an important and path-breaking book. It offers an original framework for assessing the influence of conflict resolution in societies in conflict and six excellent case studies. At once visionary and measured, it will be of great value to students, scholars, practitioners, policymakers, and all concerned with how conflict resolution works out in practice.

Hugh Miall, University of Kent
List of Figures and Tables
Foreword, by Lee H. Hamilton
Preface, by Steve McDonald
Acknowledgments
Part I. Approaching the Subject
1. Intrastate Conflicts and the Problem of Political Will, by Michael Lund
2. Unofficial Conflict Resolution and Sustainable Peace, by Michael Lund
Part II. Assessing Country Cases
Averting Conflict Escalation
3. Estonia: Psychopolitical Dialogue Contributing to Conflict Prevention, by Susan H. Allen
4. Can Dialogues Change the Course of a Small Nation? The Social Cohesion Program in Guyana, by Michael Lund
Ending Active Conflicts
5. Tajikistan: Peace Secured, by but the State of Our Dreams?, by Anna Matveeva
6. Sri Lanka: When Negotiations Fail—Talks for the Sake of Talks; War for the Sake of Peace, by Hannes Siebert with Chanya Charles
Transcending Past Conflicts
7. The Harvard Study Group on Cyprus: Contributions to an Unfulfilled Peace Process, by Diana Chigas
8. The Burundi Leadership Training Program, by Susanna Campbell and Peter Uvin
Part III. Findings and Implications
9. Learning from the Case Studies: Impacts and Explanations, by Michael Lund
10. Contemporary Implications: From Trust-Building to Institution-Building, by Michael Lund
Contributors
Index

About the Author

Michael Lund is senior specialist for conflict and peacebuilding at Management Systems International Inc. and was consulting program manager for the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity at the Wilson Center.

Steve McDonald is a global fellow and former director of the Africa Program at the Wilson Center.