Breaking Cycles of Violence: Conflict Prevention in Intrastate Crises

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Janie Leatherman
Kumarian, 1999 - Social Science - 257 pages
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* Offers strategies for conflict transformation, based on a "conflict prevention toolbox," which deals with all aspects of the conflict cycle
* Burundi and Macedonia make powerful case studies

Breaking Cycles of Violence studies how the international community, working with local partners, can effectively pinpoint key breaking points and target resources for societies at risk of violent conflict.

This book provides policymakers, practitioners, scholars, and students with a framework for recognizing and tackling the complexities of internal and intrastate conflicts in order to avert violence and mass human suffering. It presents guidelines for using early warning indicators to assess the causes of conflict; using preventative action to contain it; and using multidimensional strategies to rehabilitate societies through the cycle of post-conflict peacebuilding.

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About the author (1999)

Janie Leatherman is director of international studies and professor of politics at Fairfield University. She has authored numerous articles and book chapters on the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), conflict early warning and prevention, gender and violence, sex-trafficking, foreign policy and transnational politics. Her publications include "Charting Transnational Democracy: Beyond Global Arrogance," edited with Julie Webber (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005); "From Cold War to Democratic Peace: Third Parties, Peaceful Change and the OSCE" (Syracuse University Press, 2003); and "Breaking Cycles of Violence: Conflict Prevention in Intrastate Crises, co-authored with Raimo Vayrynen, William Demars and Patrick Gaffney" (Kumarian, 1999). She is currently working on a book on "Sexual Violence and Armed Conflict "(under contract with Polity Press).

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