Opting Out of War: Strategies to Prevent Violent Conflict

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Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2013 - Political Science - 193 pages
How do ordinary people, neither pacifists nor peace activists, come to decide collectively to eschew violent conflict and then develop strategies for maintaining their region as a nonwar area despite myriad pressures to the contrary?Mary Anderson and Marshall Wallace analyze the experiences of thirteen nonwar communities that made conscious-and effective-choices not to engage in the fighting that surrounded them. Tracing the steps that these communities took, the strategies that evolved in each setting in response to local circumstances, the authors find lessons, as well, with broader relevance for international efforts to prevent violent conflict.

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Mary B. Andersonnbsp;is the author ofnbsp;Do No Harm: How Aid Can Support Peace-or Warnbsp;andnbsp;Rising from the Ashes: Development Strategies in Times of Disaster. She retired from her position as executive director of CDA Collaborative Learning Projects in 2009.

Marshall Wallacenbsp;is director of the Do No Harm Project at CDA Collaborative Learning Projects and also directed CDA's Steps Toward Conflict Prevention Project.

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