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The Ethnic Challenge To International Relations Theory


The Ethnic Challenge To International Relations Theory



As every day's news reports, violent conflicts rooted in ethnicity have erupted all over the world. Since the cold war ended and a new world order has failed to emerge, political leaders in countries long repressed by authoritarianism, such as Yugoslavia, have found it easy to mobilize populations with the ethnic rallying cry. Thus, the worldwide shift to democratization has often resulted in something quite different from effective pluralism.

This volume of essays assembles a diverse array of approaches to the problems of ethnic conflict, with leading researchers and scholars using pure theory, comparative case studies, and aggregate data analysis to approach the knotty questions facing today's leaders. How do we keep communal conflicts from deteriorating into sustained violence? What models can we follow to promote peaceful secession? What effect does, or should, ethnic conflict have on foreign policy?

Presented in a nontechnical, readable style, Wars in the Midst of Peace will be of vital interest to international relations specialists, policymakers, and students and practitioners of peacekeeping in the contemporary world.

"Wars in the Midst of Peace is designed to address one of the most significant topics in the post cold war era. It brings together the thinking of some outstanding scholars". Richard W. Cottam, University of Pittsburgh



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University of Pittsburgh Press


Conflict management, Culture conflict, Ethnic relations, Ethnicity, International relations, Secession


International and Area Studies | Race and Ethnicity

The Ethnic Challenge To International Relations Theory