Searching for Peace in Europe and Eurasia: An Overview of Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Activities

Searching for Peace in Europe and Eurasia: An Overview of Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Activities

Searching for Peace in Europe and Eurasia: An Overview of Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Activities

Searching for Peace in Europe and Eurasia: An Overview of Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Activities

Synopsis

Searching for Peace in Europe and Eurasia explores the possibilities for effective conflict prevention and peacebuilding throughout the region.

Excerpt

Early action should follow early warning. Early warning relies on
good information. This book not only makes that point, but also pro
vides the raw materials. Searching for Peace in Europe and Eurasia is
a vital handbook for anyone interested in conflict prevention and cri
sis management
.

The European Platform for Conflict Prevention and Transformation has developed a reputation for networking and providing valuable information on conflict indicators. This book describes some of its lessons learned and points out some possible troubles ahead. Through its conflict surveys, list of contacts, and information-packed appendixes, it is a handy reference for those of us who are searching for peace in Europe and Eurasia.

From personal experience as high commissioner on national minorities for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) between 1993 and 2001, I know the value of reliable information and a good network of contacts. One cannot only count on official sources or the media. It is important to go behind the scenes to see the root causes of conflicts, the positions of the parties, the context of discussions, and the systemic factors that can all have a bearing on how situations evolve. This book provides such insights.

Conflicts seldom erupt in isolation. in an increasingly interdependent world, it is vital to understand the regional context of situations. One cannot fully understand developments in Abkhazia or Chechnya without looking at the broader security, political, and economic factors in the Caucasus. Interethnic tensions in Macedonia and the Presovo Valley have a great deal to do with a spillover of the conflict in Kosovo. and developments in the Ferghana Valley stem from a number of local and regional factors, including developments in Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan. This book helps to explain the regional dynamics that affect violent conflict in Europe and Eurasia.

More often than not, the types of conflicts we are looking at start as smallscale issues that slowly accumulate. the key to heading them off is to tackle . . .

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